Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

New in Library: Be Your Own Manager: a Career Handbook for Classical Musicians

We've just catalogued our first book on the new library system!  (You have no idea the fun we had getting to the point where you could see the results of our cataloguing work.)

Be your own manager a career handbook for classical musicians, by Bernhard Kerres and Bettina Mehne (London Tenaia Management Ltd, 2017)

Production Line (courtesy of Pixabay)

See it in the library catalogue, here.  Now for the next one ...

Monday, 10 July 2017

Free Research Planners and Guides from Hugh Kearns

We follow Hugh Kearns on Twitter - he offers a lot of very useful advice for PhD students and other

Today, he shared this link, offering free planners and guides.  Planning is essential to any effective research activity, so why not save the link NOW, and commit to downloading your planner this week!

Set Your Sights on Carnegie Hall (Online Competition, but HURRY!)

Pianists, Singers, String Players! 

Don't Miss This!

Today, we received an email announcing a music competition to win the opportunity of playing in Carnegie Hall. There's only one problem - the deadline is 15th July 2017.  (We're sorry - we didn't know about this competition until two minutes ago!)

So ... here are the details (click here)

Ready? Steady ... GO!

Friday, 30 June 2017

Educationalist Phil Race - Assessment, Learning and Teaching

Education students here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will have heard their teaching staff talk about respected educationalist Phil Race.

We thought you'd be interested to visit his website to find out what he's working on these days, so here it is ... including keynotes, workshops, free downloads and details of his publications.

Yee-Ha! new Koha Library System for the Whittaker on Wednesday


for the changeover from our old library system to a new, modern one.

The Koha system we've chosen has been well-received by many other libraries,  and will - in a jiffy - make our online resources much easier to find, too.  (Impress the staff - ask about the 'discovery layer'!)

We've been practising on a test version, but the new system will be live for borrowers from when we reopen on Thursday 6 July. 
  •  You can still use our online resources via the Library website, but you won't be able to use the old catalogue.  We'll be changing all weblinks to the new catalogue once it's live.
  • Library website

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

RefMe becomes Cite This For Me (but doesn't work for me)

Do you use bibliographic referencing ("citation") software?  We do! We've tried various brands.  Many students fell in love with RefMe as an easy tool for saving your references and inserting them into essays and assignments.  We had some reservations, but in terms of ease of use, it had a lot going for it.  So we were interested to learn that the bibliographic referencing tool, RefMe has now become CiteThisForMe

  • If you had a RefMe account, you can carry it across to CiteThisForMe.  You may or may not find that the bibliographies you transfer across, have expired.  (Mine were still there on my phone app, but not on the web version. Very strange!) 
  •  If you're making a new account, however, it's a tad more confusing.  Your registration is incomplete unless you sign up for Premium membership - with attached cost. 
  • Even more worrying - if you're a non-Premium user with a free account, your references are only saved for a week - really, not much use at all!
  • Meanwhile, if you download the app, you can't login with your newly half-created free account.  (You can if you've got a transferred-across account from RefMe. That's confusing too.)
 It might be better to give up and go for Mendeley or Zotero.  Seriously! 

Friday, 23 June 2017

The International Journal of Traditional Arts "promotes a broad-ranging understanding of the relevance of traditional arts in contemporary social life"

IJTA - new, online, free!

This is a new scholarly e-journal coming from the Music Department at Newcastle University.  Edited by Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps (University of Sheffield), RCS alumnus Dr Simon McKerrell (now a senior lecturer at Newcastle) and Dr Mairi McFadyen (University of Edinburgh), the journal's homepage describes itself thus:-

"The International Journal of Traditional Arts is an international, peer-reviewed Gold Open access journal that promotes a broad-ranging understanding of the relevance of traditional arts in contemporary social life."
 Do take a look.  If you would like to contribute, the details are all there on the website:-


Thursday, 22 June 2017

What Goes on in a Music Cataloguer's Head?

This week, the library was gifted a copy of The Scottish Orpheus edited by Adam Hamilton.  As with any donations, the first question we ask, is whether we've already got it?  We have - but not this edition.  We hadn't even heard of the editor, Adam Hamilton before! Not a problem - David Baptie's Musical Scotland dictionary usually comes up trumps, and it did again today:- 

Hamilton first published his The Scottish Orpheus around 1865 - it was published in Edinburgh by "Hamilton & Müller".  By the turn of the century (around 1897), it was being published in Edinburgh and London by Paterson - and that's the edition we've just been gifted.  It looks a competent collection.  There are no editorial notes ("paratext"), just a title-page and a contents page, and unlike some other collections of this era, there's no sol-fa, just normal music notation.

By 1922 it was published with the intention of being in in more than one volume, by J. Michael Diack - we already have Vol.1.  The contents are a little different, and Diack's edition contains a few more Scotticisms in the text.  It has also gone down from 215 to 159 pages, probably because he intended to publish a subsequent volume.

But that's not the end of the story.  There's no trace of a Scottish Orpheus vol.2, but Diack went on to publish a New Scottish Orpheus in three volumes, ca.1922-1937.   It must have been a commercially viable product - or at least, certainly worth keeping the title and updating the contents and arrangements!

Meanwhile, our new gift has been catalogued (and all the contents indexed, titles and first lines and all - phew!) and it'll go in our Special Collections.

Our catalogue system will be changing in July 2017. Until then, you can see the catalogue entry for Hamilton's Scottish Orpheus here.  (We'll post the link to the new catalogue nearer the time.)

Monday, 19 June 2017

Paul McCartney turns 75 (a tribute by German music librarian Katharina Jerusalem)

Fresh on the grapevine ... via our professional association, the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML), a tribute to Paul McCartney:-

"Paul McCartney will turn 75 tomorrow! In honor of this major birthday, Katharina Jerusalem from Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Cologne, has written a tribute in German and English that focuses on his post-Beatles career. As an added bonus, Hansi Dequal has translated it into Italian for us."

Friday, 16 June 2017

Can't I Just Photocopy the Part? Music Copyright Can and Can't Do's in the UK

Copyright guidelines courtesy of CILIP
So you've lost your viola part?  That could be a problem! You cannot just copy another one from the score without the publisher's permission.

Our professional association, IAML (UK and Ireland), has a very helpful web page telling you what is, and is not permissable in the British and Irish world of music copyright.  

Read all the do's and don'ts here:- UK Copyright FAQs, courtesy of IAML (UK and Ireland).

Also, do refer to the general guidelines produced by another professional organisation, CILIP:-

  • International Association of Music Libraries, UK and Ireland Branch 
  • Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

Thoughts about a Pile of Old Music - The Long Tail of Research

Read Karen's musings about a pile of old pop music that she found the other day!  The Long Tail of Research

Yes, Whittaker Library is open all summer ...

Library Summer Hours

From today (Friday 16th June 2017), we operate summer hours: 

9-5 Monday-Friday, but closed at the weekend.

Visitors are advised to check the website if you're travelling a distance, just in case there are any unexpected changes to particular days.

Staff and students, remember you can still access all our electronic resources even if you're not around Glasgow. (Do ask for more details, if you've never tried before.)  And we're getting a new library system in July, so watch out for an enhanced catalogue experience too. It'll make it even easier to source lots of relevant materials.  Watch this space ...

Friday, 9 June 2017

Why is it always somebody else? Don't shoot the piano player

Today's the day everyone has to return their library books and music here at the Whittaker Library.  (Why is it always someone else's fault that a music part has gone astray?!)

We haven't lost a horn or even a horn part (yet) today, but this cheerful little Flanders and Swann song, "I've lost my horn",  is so nearly appropriate, and at least it cheers us up:-

Monday, 5 June 2017

Fiddler of Strathspey Festival, Grantown

Fiddler of Strathspey Festival

23-25 June 2017

Details of a fiddle festival - lots of fiddling events, recitals, sessions, workshops, masterclasses - and all in Grantown, home of the strathspey.  RCS alumna and tutor Lauren MacColl is amongst the many stars who will be there. Visit:-

Do you Teach the Accordion?

New in the library, the gift of a book - An International Overview of Accordion Pedagogy.  It was edited and published this year by Claudio Jacomucci.  Further publications about classical accordion can also be downloaded here

Claudio Jacomucci homepage:- 

Signor Jacomucci runs an accordion masterclass in Amsterdam and Urbino - you can find out more at his website:-

When Good Research Goes Viral, by Diane Rasmussen Neal

Via Mendeley, we've heard of this really useful chapter about using social media to extend the reach of your research. And here's a link to the entire chapter: When Good Research Goes Viral, by Diane Rasmussen Neal

The article is in Social Media for Academics: A Practical Guide (2012) pp. 161-173 Published by Elsevier Ltd

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Dewar Arts Awards

We were surprised and delighted to read the success stories of the recipients of recent Dewar Arts Awards, particularly since RCS students are amongst them!  The trust has published a book commemorating 15 years of supporting promising young artists, and we have two copies in the library

You can also read the stories online, though - here:-

For heartwarming interviews with young artists literally bursting with talent and passion for their art, you can't beat this special anniversary publication. 

Resource of the Month: International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance

Every month we profile one of our best e-resources.  This one is a full-text database covering theatre, drama and dance including journals such as Dance Magazine, Modern Dance, Modern Drama, TD+T (Theatre Design and Technology).  Click on the link above, to start exploring this really useful resource.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Now available on DT+ Eric Bentley at 100: On Brecht, Theatre, Politics and Writing

An interview with Bertolt Brecht's closest collaborator

"Digital Theatre Plus is proud to announce the release of an exclusive two-hour interview with Eric Bentley, conducted in New York in 2015 by Professor Anna Furse, Head of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths University. It provides a unique insight into the life and work of Bentley, Bertolt Brecht’s closest collaborator."
"Brecht did believe in himself, his talent. He was a Brechtian! But I'm not."
"One of Brecht’s strongest advocates, Eric Bentley introduced Brecht to the English-speaking world, and is often referred to as his offstage other.  This interview sheds significant light on the specifics of translating Brecht’s writing, the enduring power of his work, and the ideas and politics of a remarkable moment in history."

Staff and students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland can view this interview via our DT+ subscription.  Access the interview with Eric Bentley here. (You'll need to use institutional login, aka Shibboleth, with your username and password, if you are off-campus.)

About Being an Opera Singer: Hanna-Liisa Kirchin at Grange Park Opera

Grange Park Opera is in Guildford, quite a long way from Glasgow!  Tweeting as @GrangeParkOpera, their byline promises "Exceptional opera in the UK's newest opera house - at a most elegant summer festival at West Horsley Place."

Their repertoire is interesting, and what interested us particularly today was the blogpost authored by one of their opera singers. If you're aiming for a career in opera, this might interest you. Hanna-Liisa tweets as  @Hanna_Liisa_K

Introducing Hanna-Liisa: Life of an opera singer