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Advocacy for music services

13. July 2018

Advocacy for music services

The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that to advocate means to support,...

Making Music 2018

29. June 2018

Music librarians across the country took part in Make Music Day 2018 , on Thursday June 21st. These were just a few of the celebrations....

Westminster Music Library joined in the world-wide celebrations with a “Learn to play mandolin” workshop; which included a brilliant performance by the...

These are competitive times

29. May 2018

As I ease myself into my harness as IAML (UK & Irl)’s Performance Set officer, I thought I’d share some things I’ve been chewing over about the various forms of competition there are to the services we offer.

Here in Birmingham, we’re quite new to charging for performance sets, having only been doing so for four years or thereabouts. Even so, some distinct trends have become apparent. While the number of orchestras borrowing has remained roughly the same, there has been an...

A rare glimpse behind the scenes at Abbey Road Studios

22. May 2018

Barbican Music Library’s current exhibition is the result of a collaboration with Abbey Road Studios and acclaimed rock photographer, Jill Furmanovsky, who has been closely associated with the Studios for over four decades. Inside Abbey Road Studios: Through the Lens of Jill Furmanovsky showcases Jill’s iconic photographs from 1975, when she photographed Pink Floyd during the legendary Wish You Were Here recording sessions in Studio 3, through to her more recent work as Abbey Road’...

A (insert collective noun here) of music librarians

23. April 2018

I spent part of the Easter holidays in beautiful Edinburgh attending the annual IAML (pronounced Yam-ull, rhymes with camel) Annual Study Weekend. The UK and Ireland branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (Archives and Documentation Centres were added to make the title more inclusive in 1980, hence...

Libraries Reaching out to Distance Learners

23. April 2018

At this year’s IAML UK and Ireland Annual Study Weekend, I agreed to offer a ‘quick-fire’ session about a project that I carried out in 2017, investigating the provision of library instruction and support to distance-learners. It’s something I undertook as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education, through my own place of employment, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The certificate was offered using blended learning pedagogy, combining...

The "weird" world of music cataloguing

12. January 2018

A few months ago an email appeared on the IAML list asking for articles for the latest edition of CILIP's Catalogue and Index journal. This was going to be a particularly unusual issue in that it was going to look at items that were rather outside the usual cataloguing norms. As any music cataloguer will know, mention that you're a music cataloguer to a fellow librarian, and the reaction is usually a mixture of awe and a "S/He must be completely mad;" I just had to write...

E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize

2. January 2018

Now in its 24th year – see previous winners of the award – the E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize is awarded for a significant contribution to the literature of music information fields; namely, those professions found within libraries, museums, archives and records management. Award applications are welcome from Library and Information Science students (or group of students),...

On the 8th or 9th day of Christmas...

2. January 2018

As any lover of The Twelve Days of Christmas (or, for that matter, William Shakespeare ) will know, the festivities continue into the New Year, with the festive season officially ending on the 5th or 6th January. There is some disagreement as to which is the correct date. Both dates seem equally valid, with January 5th making Christmas Day itself the First Day of Christmas, or January 6th as the Twelfth Day marking the...

We wish you a Merry Christmas

22. December 2017

Following on from the festivities at Westminster Music Library, here's a snapshot of what music librarians in Cambridge and Huddersfield have been up to.

At Cambridge there was the usual departmental Christmas dinner along with our friends from the Chinese and Japanese departments...

Some of us were attempting to hide.... Sarah is taking the photo, Justin's arm can be spotted to the left. Then clockwise from the left - staff from the Chinese and Japanese department, then Music...

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