ASW, 12-14 April 2019, University of Leicester — Draft programme

All sessions take place at College Court, University of Leicester.

Friday 12th April 2019

17:00   Welcome to the ASW

17:15   Orchestral and hire libraries: welcome to our world!
Georgina Govier, Welsh National Opera
Rebecca Nye, Weinberger
Simon Wright (Oxford University Press) will facilitate a presentation and open discussion covering areas of current interest to the orchestral library and hire library fraternity, including topics such as digital scores and orchestral parts versus traditional modes of supply; copyright issues around the streaming and recording of concerts; international music publishing supply chains.

18:15   Reception and dinner

19:30   Discovering Music: a new online exhibition and learning resource
Loukia Drosopoulou, British Library
Rupert Ridgewell, British Library
Amelie Roper, British Library
In October 2018, the British Library launched Discovering Music: early 20th century. This session will describe the processes involved in curating an online exhibition that also serves as a learning resource, as well considering the role of collaborative research projects and new technologies.

20:00   Public speaking for music librarians
John Wagstaff, Christ's College, Cambridge
This session will cover such skills as presenting at Conferences or ASWs, teaching information skills, and effective delivery of training courses.

20:30   News and updates

Saturday 13th April 2019

09.00   News and updates

09.30   The relevance of South Asian music in the 21st century
Viram Jasani, Asian Music Circuit
Viram Jasani has been inspired by the music culture of Asia and its impact and influence throughout the world. Viram was key in developing funding strategies for Asian music and arts that led to the creation of the Asian Music circuit, a successful producer of education events in traditional Asian music culture.

10.00   The future of Music Research Databases
Christopher Scobie, British Library
Representatives of Cecilia, Concert Programmes Database and RISM UK discuss the current challenges facing these projects, and potential for future development. Feedback and contributions from users in the audience is encouraged!

10.45   20th Anniversary of Cecilia - Celebration with tea, coffee and cake

11.30   Making folksongs findable: updates from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
Laura Smyth, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
Over the last few years the VWML has been engaged in a variety of large scale digitisation projects, from the HLF funded Take 6, The Full English and The Full English extra projects, to the AHRC funded Carpenter Folk Online. This has made hundreds of thousands of folk song manuscripts and recordings freely available. But this material needs to be findable. This talk will discuss these digitisation projects, the catalogues and indexes underpinning the digital archive, and the latest developments in creating a subject index for folk songs. 

12.00   Digital sheet music: overview of the range of options and their suitability for libraries
Discussion led by Peter Linnitt, Royal College of Music 

Digital sheet music is the next and most complex development in the online environment. Until recently music publishers have been reticent about developing an online presence but things are changing with the launch of services like Henle's digital library, nkoda and tido. This talk will give an overview of some of the services and how they could revolutionise music library work. 

13.00   Lunch

14.00   IAML (UK & Irl) Annual General Meeting, E.T. Bryant prize and C.B. Oldman award

15.30   Tea/coffee

16.00   Practical Asian music workshop with Viram Jasani

19.30   Annual Dinner

Sunday 14th April 2019

09.00   News and updates

09.30   The challenges in attracting new graduate trainees into music librarianship
Charles Inskip, Department of Information Studies, University College London

10.10   IAML (UK & Irl) Excellence Awards

10.30   Tea/coffee

11.00   Quick-fire round
Join a number of fifteen-minute interactive sessions from a selection to be confirmed.

12.00   Current trends in performance set provision
Anna Wright, IAML (UK & Irl) President

As it states on its website, Making Music – the organisation for leisure-time music – has a membership of over 3,500 groups, representing about 190,000 music makers across the UK.

Most of those groups are choral societies and orchestras, each of whom depends on being able to source copies of music to rehearse and perform. Over many years music libraries, particularly those in the public library sector, have been key to the provision of these performing materials whether to their own users or others through the inter-library loan system.

The purchase of sets is expensive and the administration of them can be costly and time-consuming; at a time when local government budgets are stretched, library authorities have been reviewing all their services and several have taken the decision to cut the music library provision completely or reduce it considerably. However, the demand for performing materials has not reduced, as demonstrated by the statistics of inter-library loan traffic on our own JISCmail list (Annual Report, 2018).

Over the last eighteen months it has become apparent that the current system of provision is probably not sustainable in its present form, based as it is on individual authorities operating in different ways. Therefore, the aim of this session is to provide delegates with a picture of the current position and to initiate a conversation about options for the future.

13.00   Lunch, and Conference closes