Blog: Tips & Tricks

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...

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 ‘...

New-look Encore at the ASW

13. April 2017

At the ASW on Friday 7th April, a new and revised version of Encore, the go-to site for orchestral or vocal sets in the UK, was premiered; the fruit of several months work by a number of people.

There are lots of advantages to the new Encore-21 . Most importantly, the software has been updated, so enabling easier searching. During the updating process existing data was converted to MARC21 and cleaned-up, with many incorrect field usages...

Are you ready?

4. April 2017

It's that time of year again... IAML UK & Ireland's Annual Study Weekend will be starting this Friday (7th April) in Exeter, and running until Sunday. As usual there's a range of subjects to suit all music librarian tastes from the impact of music on everyday life to the extreme cataloguers of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, learn more about RDA, visit a variety of libraries, learn how to brush up your CV skills, and chat to some of the friendliest librarians in the country. Lots more...

“A very great master of music”

21. February 2017

This was the headline grabbing news in The Post Boy for the 26 th November 1695 on the death of composer Henry Purcell. Recognised as one of the greatest English composers, Purcell was universally mourned. But we wanted to celebrate his musical achievements rather than lament his death, not only as a prolific composer but also as a lifelong resident of Westminster.

So in time honoured fashion, the Music Library Team, together with a little help from some...

The perils of being a webmaster

14. December 2016

If you enjoy watching paint dry, read on ...

Those of you who avidly watch the website for new content will have been just a little disconcerted when you found that the site was offline for around 48 hours recently. You didn't notice? Ah well, there's another illusion shattered.

The old website

First, a little background. Our website was created by Julie Crawley in 1995 on an Exeter University server as a 'hard-coded' HTML site; it later moved with her to Oxford...

Happy New Year!

29. September 2016

For academic librarians throughout the UK and Ireland it's the start of another academic year. Over the next few weeks we'll see lots of eager new faces, often looking slightly scared along with worried looking final years. Some of the librarians are looking pretty worried too as they start library induction tours and talks; and plan user education. How can we make sure new readers appreciate the importance of our collections, and know what a library can do for them?

Then there are...

All the fun of the Fair

19. September 2016

Despite September’s impressive attempts to imitate our August heat wave, summer is finally over. Autumn has rolled in and schools and universities have resumed business as usual. Here at Westminster Music Library , however, we do not resent the end of summer. The beginning of the school year brings with it thousands of students, and many of them musicians. Did you know that there are five specialist music...

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