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Patrick Mills remembered

22. August 2018

I was deeply saddened to learn that Patrick Mills had died in December last year. A delightful man who taught me all I know about music cataloguing.

This little memoir really begins in 1976 (yes, that summer) when I joined the staff, fresh out of library school, of what was then the British Library Bibliographic Services Division based in Store Street as a member of the Descriptive Cataloguing Team preparing MARC records for the British National Bibliography. One of BNB’s sister...

The National Brass Band Archive

20. August 2018

Hello Music Librarians! I am writing to you today from BBE’s HQ in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. We’ve had a bit of a hectic couple of months of late, not least because in May we took on the custodianship of the National Brass Band Archive - which includes an extensive music library.

The...

We're secure!

14. August 2018

With Google now flagging plain http websites as not secure the time had obviously arrived to purchase and installing a security certificate for the website. This was, by the way, a deliberate move by Google to force the issue on the multitude of websites that had not yet made the move.

All URLs on the website now begin with https and you will also see a little padlock in the address bar that indicates that the site is secure, and that all transactions with the website are now...

The Hybrid Music Library: User format preferences at Leeds College of Music Library

10. August 2018

Megan Dyson

This post is a brief synopsis of my presentation at this year's ASW on my MA dissertation research on the hybrid music library. The ‘hybrid library’ is defined as a library with a mix of traditional print collections and online resources....

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...

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