Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Emily Howard, by Ambache (Raising the Profile of Music by Women)

Today we received a CD of music by Emily Howard - Magnetite. There's orchestral, vocal and string quartet repertoire from this innovative composer. The CD was supported by the Trust, who tell us that Emily has a rare ability to combine musical ideas with extra-musical interests including science, mathematics, philosophy and sport. The CD was favourably reviewed on Radio 3's Record Review recently.
It is a lovely addition to stock, and also gives us the opportunity to tell you about this worthy charitable trust.
Take a look:-

  • Magnetite (the most recent donation), a CD of Emily Howard's music
  • A Triple Portrait: Chamber music by Elena Firsova, played by the Marsyas Trio.  Soviet composer Elena Firsova has composed 150+ pieces, yet is little known in the UK.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

To Be or Not To [Sewing] Bee - Costume Books at the Whittaker Library

A rare and wonderful thing happened today - the music librarian was let loose in the Wardrobe Department. In 28 years, this was a first. (To be fair, she never asked before!) We needed a dummy, you see, and a Regency gown - to enhance our display of costume-making books. Do take a look - this is just a tiny selection from the a attractive and informative costume books from the Whittaker Library, and we hope they'll appeal to some of our new students who'll be arriving in just a few weeks' time.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is on two sites in Glasgow, the original one in Renfrew Street, and the other at Speirs Locks in Garscube Road. Our Library is in Renfrew Street, but we hope our costume and production students will find time to come and see what we've got, because the drama librarians have gathered these materials together over many years, and there's something for everyone- from beginner dressmakers, to would-be Sewing Bees.  We also have a weekly book-fetching service on Fridays, so staff and students can request books to be delivered to Speirs Locks.

Bagpipe Lung. It's a Real Thing

The BBC consulted Royal Conservatoire of Scotland researcher Andrew Bova for more information about this rare, but very real condition - bagpipe lung.

(Now, please do go and clean your bagpipes out!) 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Costume Design at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

To be or not to Sewing Bee

You won't be surprised that we teach costume design as part of our production portfolio here at RCS. So it goes without saying that our drama librarians have built up an amazing collection of books to help our wardrobe staff and students. Collection development is a key part of their remit.

We decided it would be a great idea to show you what our drama colleagues have put together over the years, to inspire and inform the people who dress our actors. 

Watch this space! The books are waiting but we haven't got hold of a dummy yet.  Maybe later this week?

We do like our book displays!  Empty, now, and waiting for the new one ....

Friday, 19 August 2016

Claimed from Stationers' Hall - a blogpost for "Echoes from the Vault"

One of our librarians has been doing research into some old music at the University of St Andrews.  Here is a blogpost she has recently written:-

Claimed From Stationers' Hall
Blogpost by Karen E McAulay
  • There are a couple of talks coming up - details on the blogpost.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

David Nicholson Flute Music All Catalogued

Flutter-tonguing? All of a Flutter!

Every last piece of it, every semiquaver, ever flutter-tongue, every staccato, attacca, diminuendo  ... we have catalogued the David Nicholson Flute Bequest.  

Ta-Da!  Take a look at the Whittaker Library Catalogue now.

Friday, 12 August 2016

The Arts Dividend by Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England

We thought this book would be interesting to our creative community, so we got it for the Whittaker Library here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Find it here in our catalogue.  

You can also read Darren's blogpost about the book, here.
"'This book contains my personal reflections on England's arts and cultural landscape in 2016, one year on from my appointment as the chief executive of Arts Council England.' - Author, preface."

Friday, 5 August 2016

A Flurry of Flute Music

The Whittaker Library was honoured to be the recipient of the late David Nicholson's flute music, and we've been steadily adding it to our stock over the past couple of years.  We are nearly at the end of the process now, and we can safely say that our collection of flute music must now surely be second to none.  The last few items will be added over the next fortnight.

All David Nicholson's music has been tagged as "David Nicholson bequest" in the catalogue, so it is easy to see what's there. Take a look at our catalogue ...

Remember, you can search for all our music for any particular combination by using our instrumentation index. Visit the catalogue, and input, for example ...
  • Flute1, piano
  • Flute2, piano
  • Flute1, violin1, piano
  • Flute1, oboe1, clarinet1, bassoon1, horn1
Catalogue home page:-

Librarians teach? Of course we do! Here's How ...

Here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, we the Whittaker Library staff offer our services to help our students get the most out of our library and electronic resources.  This help can take a variety of forms!
Digging - for information?
  • We can talk about the catalogue; 
  • Give an overview of particular electronic resources; 
  • Explain how to access e-books and e-journals; 
  • Give advice on referencing; 
  • Tell students about RefMe, a quick and easy way of saving bibliographic details for an assignment. 
  • We can give an overview suited to particular classes, whether new undergraduates or more advanced students wanting to research information for their reflective journal. 
  • Or we can introduce some of our historical resources, if colleagues are teaching something that would be enhanced by them.
We're happy to appear at the beginning or near the end of a lecture or seminar - small chunks of information can be more palatable than a long spiel.  Obviously, we can't arrange any collaborative learning activities in the context of a lecture theatre, but we're very amenable to discussion as to how best to engage our students in other settings, if this would help.

"Relevant and Timely" is our motto, so we urge our colleagues to get in touch so we can organise our calendars accordingly

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Music Helping Dementia Sufferers

Music and Memory

Are you involved in community music ventures, or music therapy?  Here's an interesting article from Maine, USA, about a program using music therapy to reduce the amount of anti-psychotic drugs taken by dementia sufferers.  This comes fresh from the Bangor Daily News, Maine.  Read on ...

Monday, 1 August 2016

Access to Theatre for Deaf Actors - Jenny Sealey writes for The Stage magazine

We spotted this in The Stage today.  It will be of interest to our BSL actors, but it should, actually, be of interest and concern to everyone! Take a look ...

Jenny Sealey: Access is a key part of the artistic endeavour

"Jenny Sealey is the artistic director of Graeae, an inclusive company committed to accessible theatre." (29.07.2016)         

Archived BBC Recordings - Available thro' Digital Theatre Plus

Staff and students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have more new electronic content available from Digital Theatre Plus - this time from the BBC Archives!

If you're part of the RCS community, login is automatic from within campus buildings, but please ask at the Library for details of how to access off-site.

"Kicking off our partnership with BBCActive, Digital Theatre+ is proud to present the first batch of archived BBC productions.
Subscribers to DigitalTheatre+ can access a canonical collection of works including Cymbeline, starring a young Helen Mirren, see Fiona Shaw tackling the iconic title role in Ibsen's classic Hedda Gabler and enjoy John Webster's masterpiece The Duchess of Malfi."

Understanding What Plagiarism Means

Ethical Writing

Students in higher education sometimes ask what exactly plagiarism is.  It's using someone else's words as your own, without saying where you got them from.

In the recent USA presidential elections, much has been made of a speech apparently plagiarised from one made years ago by Michelle Obama.  Look at the above definition of plagiarism. Play the YouTube clips.  Look at the definition again.

This is how it was reported in the Guardian.

Ask in the library if you'd like help with referencing in your written work.  There is nothing wrong with quoting an authority - you just need to cite their words properly.  (Preferably most of your writing is about what you think, so don't fill up your word allowance with too many quotes - only use quotes from other people to reinforce your arguments.)

Plagiarism is copying without citing.  It's not cool!

Seeking Funding for Creative Arts In Scotland?

Creative Scotland has released an Update on Regular Funding.  This will be for funding 2018-2021.  It's a question of waiting for further announcements, but do bookmark this link!

The update begins:-
"We are currently still aiming to open the next round of our Regular Funding Programme for applications in Autumn 2016, with a submission deadline in late Spring 2017 and funding decisions in Autumn 2017 ..."  more ...
There is also a page with Current Opportunities, which is worth a look, too.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Angel Guidance: a career in stage management, interview with Angel Hasted

New on Digital Theatre Plus ....

Staff and students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland can stream a recorded interview with Angel Hasted, thanks to our subscription to Digital Theatre Plus.  Here's the 'blurb':-

On Technical Stage Management: Angel Hasted

Technical Stage Manager, Angel Hasted has over 18 years of experience under his belt, Angel tells us how he got his start in "show business" and shares his advice for young people aspiring to a theatrical career.

CFP - Special Issue on Scottish TV

Call for Papers: TV in Scotland: Past, Present and Future

A Special Issue of the International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen

We're re-posting this Call for Papers in the hope that some of our readers may feel inspired to contribute something!
The Scottish television industry, and BBC Scotland in particular, is at a historic juncture. Recently the visibility of Scotland on television has increased nationally and globally thanks to successful series such as the comedies Gary: Tank Commander and Still Game, documentaries like the four-part Story of Scottish Art, dramas including Shetland and Stonemouth, the arrival of a Scottish Doctor Who, and the Sony/Left Bank/Starz fantasy time travel series Outlander. Yet in a survey included in the UK Government’s White Paper on the renewal of the BBC Charter (May 2016), less than half of Scots  (44%) said that they felt their nation was well represented by BBC output, while the Scottish Government’s own policy paper on charter renewal (February 2016) also stated that “audiences do not feel that the output of the BBC in Scotland fully represents their views and interests”.
The Government White Paper also mentions complaints about so-called ‘lift and shift’ programmes, originated in London and merely moved to Scotland for production, and only a fraction of the BBC’s budget, 9.2%, was actually spent in Scotland.  Yet in September 2015 Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced the New Production Growth Fund in association with Creative Scotland, and in addition North Lanarkshire Council has approved an application for the expansion of Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld, home of Outlander, potentially creating Scotland’s first substantial Film Studio. The BBC has also undertaken to increase spending across the regions, appoint a Scotland-based commissioning editor for both drama and comedy, make Scotland a ‘Centre for Excellence’ in factual television production, establish a ‘Writer’s Room’ training programme and create ‘portrayal’ objectives for national identities.
These initiatives are therefore responding to on-going issues about Scottish representation on Scottish, UK national and international television screens, and of Scotland’s ability to produce its own content dealing with Scottish issues. How has this situation arisen? How problematic is the provision of Scottish programming for Scotland, and what then is the future for Scottish TV? How can it draw upon its rich heritage to become part of the essential cultural and financial framework of the post-SNP Scottish national identity?
To consider such questions, The International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen is publishing a special issue exploring the past, present and future state of Scottish television. For this the editors are seeking proposals of 300-500 words for articles of up to 6000 words. The deadline for submission of proposals is 30 September 2016. Decisions will be made by 17 October. The deadline for submission of the articles will be 1 May 2017. Revisions to the pieces will be expected by the end of August 2017 in readiness for peer review, with final submissions due in February 2018 for a 2018 publication.
 Proposals are welcomed on any aspect of Scottish Television including but not limited to:
  •   Industry and Policy
  • Programming of Scottish Content in Scotland 
  •  Scottish TV Audience 
  •  Scottish TV Drama 
  •  Scottish TV Comedy 
  • Children’s TV 
  • News and Current Affairs in Scotland 
  • Scottish TV Factual and Documentary 
  • Genre and Scottish TV 
  • Representation of Scotland and the Scots in Scottish and Non-Scottish TV
Proposals and a short biography of 50-70 words should be sent via email by the deadline to 

Simon Brown is Assistant Professor of Film, TV and Media at Kingston University and Screen Editor for the International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

You can't attend ISME and not visit the Whittaker Library!

This Sunday marks the start of a week when Glasgow is literally flooded with music teachers of all ages and stages (the teachers and their pupils, that is!).  The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is hosting the ISME conference - the International Society of Music Education.

Now, we know you're very busy, and you'll be talking and listening, networking and gathering new ideas.  If you need someone quiet to sit and reflect about all this, do come and visit the Whittaker Library.  Take a look at our music, books and magazines.  Our music librarian, Karen McAulay, is giving a paper on the afternoon of Friday 29th - come and say hello, and see our little exhibition of historic and modern Scottish music.  We can point you to more Scottish music on the open shelves.

Performance Opportunities?

One of our lecturers, J. Simon van der Walt, is looking for gamelan players.   And Karen has made some little arrangements of Scottish tunes for flute ensemble.  If you play gamelan or have brought your flute, do get in touch!

Also, we understand a human guinea-pig is needed for a piano workshop. If you're going to be at the conference on Wednesday 27th, contact ISME to be put in touch with the presenter of this session.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Archives Move

After 960 boxes, over 2000 metres of bubble wrap and several weeks of careful packing our Archives & Collections department is on the move!  Watch this space for an update on our new home and an invitation to our opening soirĂ©e; meantime please bear with us as the collections are closed for public access.