Blog: Tips & Tricks

Don't miss the Public Libraries Seminar

6. August 2019

Loxley House, Nottingham

The 2019 Music in Public Libraries Seminar will take place on Friday 27th September from 1pm to 4.30pm in the ground floor Committee Room of Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, close to Nottingham railway station and the city centre.

Nottingham is easy to reach by public transport from many areas of the UK.

The seminar is primarily intended for library staff who work with music, in all its aspects, in a public library setting for some...

Hunting for dragons, CAM(e)L(s), and musical lions in Krakow

2. August 2019
The morning commute to the IAML Congress along the bank of the Vistula.

I’ve just returned from a delightful fortnight in Krakow, part business, part holiday. The business part, thanks to Cambridge University Library , and the Music Libraries Trust , was spent at...

IAML Annual Study Weekend - Thoughts from Leicester

3. May 2019

Table decorations in the Dining Hall, College Court

On a sunny Friday afternoon, Kate and I set off from Cambridge for College Court , Leicester for the IAML Annual Study Weekend . It was a great chance to meet other colleagues working in music libraries and to put some faces to names. After settling in to our...

The ASW in a nutshell

1. May 2019

I was so sorry not to get to the ASW this year. Luckily we had a team of excellent Twitterati who kept us fully informed of events. If you would like to know more search for #IAMLASW or browse @IAML_UK_IRL on Twitter. Tom Kearns from Kilburn Library has sent in a snapshot of the ASW. More to come shortly...

The venue this year was well-chosen and comfortable; instructions previously circulated about getting there worked like a charm....

Pathways, Outputs and Impacts: Being a Librarian-Researcher Today

6. February 2019

In one sense, the talk I gave at the IAML (UK & Ireland) Annual Study Weekend last year (2018)...

It's nearly 2019...

6. December 2018

Bookings are now open for the 2019 IAML (UK & Irl) Annual Study Weekend. The booking form can be accessed from the IAML (UK & Irl) website at https://iaml-uk-irl.org/events/iaml-uk-irl-annual-study-weekend-2019-leicester .

The Conference Committee is looking forward to welcoming delegates to Leicester for the 2019 Annual Study Weekend. The 2019 programme will bring the usual balance...

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...

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...

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 ‘...

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