This year’s Academic Music Librarians’ seminar will take place in Lecture Room 2 of Birmingham Conservatoire on Wednesday 31 May from 13.30-17.00.
Although the seminar is intended primarily for those working in the academic sector, it is open to everyone and is free to attend. If you would like to come, please contact Geoff Thomason the Education Officer by 24 May.
Geoff is now asking for offers of presentations on any aspect of academic music librarianship. These usually last about 15-20 minutes. Does your library have interesting collections you want to tell us about? Have you initiated new projects in the past year? What kind of information skills training do you offer? How do you structure your library inductions? What problems have you encountered in delivering a library service in your institution? What provision do you make for users with disabilities? These are just some of the topics which have featured in recent years. It’s not a prescriptive list, but speakers might want to revisit some of these themes – or introduce completely new ones. If your library received an Excellence Award, for instance, why not tell us about what you did to achieve it.
If you do wish to offer a presentation, please let Geoff know by the beginning of May. If you want any further information, feel free to email him or nab him at the Annual Study Weekend if you’re going to be there.
As of 24 May, the programme of presentations is confirmed as:
Pete Barr – Sheffield University Does the uniqueness of Music scholarship get lost in generic HE Library support?
Charity Dove – Cardiff University Wheel Invention for beginners: Inducing Inductions and Orienting Orientations
Francis Frith – Birmingham Conservatoire Teaching Library Skills at Birmingham Conservatoire
Geoff Thomason – RNCM Notes about notes: helping student recitalists to write effective programme notes
We also hope to continue the discussion about Librarians as Teachers which we began at the Annual Study Weekend.