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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...

Advent with ITMA

6. December 2017

The canny librarians and archivists at ITMA (Irish Traditional Music Archive) have been busy putting together an Advent Calendar celebrating the music of Ireland. Some great surprises include performances in pubs and in ITMA's very own reading room. There's even an interview with the Zambian Kalingalinga Ceili Band. For earlier "days" go to https://www.itma.ie/advent-calendar . The current day can be viewed on ITMA's home page - at the sign...

LITMUS announcement

7. November 2017

ITMA is delighted to announce that it has been awarded funding of over € 187k to host one of the European Commission’s inaugural Marie Curie Society & Enterprise Fellowships. Dr. Lynnsey Weissenberger , a postdoctoral researcher in Library & Information Studies from Florida State University – and a practising Irish traditional musician – joined ITMA in July 2017 to lead the two-year LITMUS project....

On your shelf - An Edith Cavell treasure?

23. October 2017

Edith Cavell.

Nurse Cavell was shot in Brussels in October 1915 for helping 200 allied soldiers out...

Feeling terrified?

16. October 2017
“Have you got a piano reduction of the Bach Double?” “Do you have a set that goes with the Watkins Shaw Messiah?” “I’m looking for the Choral for easy piano” “Is the Robbins Landon Clock Urtext?” Do you panic when your readers come in with questions like that? Do you really know your Massenet from your Mass in A? Do you find yourself dealing with music materials but don’t have a musical background? Our course “Music for the Terrified” is just for you. Designed for those who dread those...

Simon Rattle exhibition at Barbican Music Library

29. September 2017

To mark Sir Simon Rattle ’s first season as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), and to celebrate a career spanning almost half a century, Barbican Music Library is hosting a free exhibition entitled Rattle. It features contributions from his family...

Launching the Welsh Music Archive

25. September 2017

At a special ceremony on Friday, 22 September , The National Library of Wales launched its Welsh Music Archive Programme in the presence of the folk music expert and Library benefactor, Phyllis Kinney.

Phyllis Kinney and her daughter Eluned were present at the Friday launch where Maredudd ap Huw and I gave a presentation to the Board on the musical collections here and the plans for the future. Members of Côr y Gen (National Library of Wales staff choir) also...

At the ASW 2017

17. May 2017
Home from home in Exeter

Being a member of the Conference Committee, I knew what the programme for the IAML (UK & Irl) Annual Study Weekend in Exeter looked like but of course it only comes alive when you’re there. I missed the previous ASW in Manchester so I was really looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting some new ones!

One of my roles on the Conference Committee is to administer the ‘...

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