Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Friday, 22 August 2014

Folksinger Legend Jean Redpath dies in Arizona aged 77

We were sad to read of Jean Redpath's death in an Arizona hospice this week.


    Thursday, 21 August 2014

    Ever Wanted to Take a Look at the Broadway Archives? Now's Your Chance!



    Excellent new resources available via our subscription to Digital Theatre Plus. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland staff will get an in depth look at the Learning & Teaching Conference session “New Transitions in the Library for DDPS” on Wednesday 17th September.

    We're sharing the latest Digital Theatre Plus update, to whet colleagues' appetites!

     Digital Theatre Plus logo

     


     
    New to Digital Theatre Plus:
    Broadway Digital Archive special features

    Divided into Acts and Key Scenes to support in-depth analysis, plus reviews and production galleries of our vintage treasure trove


    Give your students the opportunity to study classic theatre featuring the breakout performances of great contemporary actors including Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson with the Broadway Digital Archive - 20 full-length productions of classics available now to subscribers of Digital Theatre Plus.

    We've made studying these productions even easier, with the addition of Key Scenes and Acts for in-depth analysis. Reviews published on our website enable students to study critical responses alongside their own consideration, and our production galleries give an insight into the visual impact of live performance.

    These productions from the Broadway Digital Archive can be found in Digital Theatre Plus Collections,  a fast expanding catalogue of theatrical productions captured by celebrated theatres, producers and arts organisations from around the world.



    To keep up to date with all of our forthcoming releases, as well as further news about the Broadway Digital Archive, please follow Digital Theatre Plus on Twitter.

    Streaming Classical Audio? Supercharge Your Classical Music Library Skills

    The Whittaker Library subscribes to two of the top music streaming services for classical music - Music Online: Classical Music Library (produced by Alexander Street Press), and the Naxos Music Library.  They're a bit like Spotify, but our registered staff and students don't have to pay a subscription, and there are no adverts!  Add to that the useful background information about the music, and you've got a very useful resource.

    Here are some useful podcasts about Music Online: Classical Music Library

    Now try a search for yourself - go to Music Online: Classical Music Library .  In the search box at the top, type Holst Planets, and hit return. Click on the first item.  See what kind of information appears down the white, left-hand panel.  Note that when you hover your mouse over the Planets title hyperlink, you get further factual info about when the piece was written etc, but you don't get a full programme note.

    Have You ever Wondered What Our Ancestors Listened To?

    British Library Sounds is a collection of archival sound recordings.  Case-studies offer quick podcasts about different aspects of the collection.  Listen to Emily Worthington, a music researcher, or hear Paul Long talking about historic jazz recordings. Other podcasts desribe working on accents and dialects.  Click here then choose an enthusiast!

    Example of recent query: An enquirer wanted to know about an early record label.  British Library Sounds had several podcasts by an expert in recording history.

    Podcast of a visit to the British Library Sound Archive

    Jazz Course Leader Shares Enthusiasm for Jazz Books

    The other day, we were chatting about the Whittaker Library's collection of books on jazz.  We have hundreds of them!  (Searching the word "jazz" as a keyword yields well over 400 books, and then there are the scores and recordings ...)

    Tommy Smith, the leader of our Jazz BMus, asked us to produce a list of these books, and we're happy to share this with our blog-followers and performing jazz artists.


    NEW! NEW! NEW!

    Music Online: African American Music Reference 

    When you look at the homepage of this Alexander Street Press resource, you'll immediately recognise lots of jazz names.  Give it a go!


    Screenshot of African American Music Homepage
    Just click here: Music Online: African American Music Reference 

    We are the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, here to support teaching and learning amongst our performers and technicians. 

    Seeking Ideas to Improve your Workflow and/or Writing?

    Motivational writer James Clear offers some suggestions for improving your writing and how you go about it.  These are so sensible, we thought we'd share them as we prepare for a new academic session here in the Whittaker Library:-


    7 Improvements I Have Made to My Writing and Work

    We are the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, here to support the teaching and learning of our performing artists.

    Guardian Culture Professionals Network Highlights Crisis for Composers

    We noted this posting on the Guardian Culture Professionals Network earlier this week:-


    The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers
    Susanna Eastburn on Guardian Culture Professionals Network, Monday 18 August 2014

    Tuesday, 19 August 2014

    The One Perfect Book

    Lydia the Librarian seeks the One Perfect Book
    The other day, we had a query asking if there was one book that all undergraduates have to read.  Gently, we explained that most undergraduates read rather more than just one ...!

    New students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will nonetheless get reading-lists with required and suggested reading material. Some of it is hard-copy, "real books".  Other reading is online, and the Whittaker Library has e-books and e-journals aplenty.

    You'll find links to your reading-lists on the RCS library Mahara pages.  These live links mean you can click on a book title and find out whether it's actually available in the Library right now.  (If not, do pop into the library to reserve it at the issue desk.)

    As for the One Perfect Book, that holy grail of all students - well, we're still working on it!

    We are the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, here to support the teaching and learning of our performing arts community.  



    Monday, 18 August 2014

    Do You Know the Score? We do, when it comes to Free Sheetmusic!

    Free scores online

    And now, free to our registered staff and students ...

    What we really want our performers to know about, are the new offerings from Alexander Street Press:- 

    We subscribe to Alexander Street Press Classical Scores Library Collections 1 and 2.  That means our staff and students can download anything they find there.  There's classical music for everyone, whatever they sing or play.  Do take a look.  (If you're off-campus, you'll need to login.)
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    We are the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - here to help our performing arts community with their information needs! 

    Networking Librarian: Connecting Performers with Reviews!

    Edinburgh Festival and More  
    Networking Librarian

    Rob Adams Journalist

    We thought our trad and jazz performers might be interested to visit this website by music journalist Rob Adams.  He has attended a lot of events in Edinburgh recently, so you will spot names that you know.


    Friday, 15 August 2014

    New Opera Titles Added to Digital Theatre Plus

    Three more titles have been added to the Royal Opera House Collection:
    Hansel and Gretel
    Eugene Onegin
    Dido and Aeneas

    Staff and students of the RCS should ask at the library for username and password to log into Digital Theatre Plus

    It Means "The Worlds" To Us (The World Pipe Band Championships)

    The Worlds homepage 


    Just now, if someone mentions "The Worlds", they aren't talking about the universe, the cosmic galaxy or anything of that nature.  "The Worlds" are a pipe band championship that takes place in Glasgow.  So this is why there was a pipe and drum band in the Thistle Hotel Car-Park late yesterday afternoon ...

    The Whittaker Library does have a more than a few CDs of pipe bands, for our staff and students to enjoy when the championships are over ... CLICK HERE.

    We are the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, here to assist with the information requirements of our performing arts community. 

    The Orchestral or Choral Librarian's Best Friend

     ENCORE

     
    Screenshot of Encore homepage. See link below.
    http://www.iaml.info/iaml-uk-irl/projects/encore.html


    If we need to borrow a set of orchestral or choral music, or if societies ask us to recommend a cheaper way than a commercial hire, then a good place to look is Encore.  

    Encore is a union catalogue of choral and orchestral sets in libraries.  The precise loan arrangements can vary - some libraries will lend directly to choirs and orchestras for a fee, generally much less than a commercial hire.  Others require the arrangements to be made between libraries, on behalf of their patrons.

    Not all libraries do lend to one another, but if you find a piece of music on Encore, then it is generally available to be borrowed so long as it's not already in use at the time you want it.

    It's good for standard repertoire.  Obviously if something is only available through the publisher's hire library, then you won't find it cheap on Encore!

    Thursday, 14 August 2014

    Sometimes You Need Information Immediately

    ... And our new Whittaker Library website helps you do just that.  There are various pages depending on what you're looking for - our opening hours, our electronic databases, electronic journals, and more.

    Of course, our contact details are also there, so don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more info about anything.


    Information Knows No Boundaries
     
    Besides all the digital, online media, we have still got tons of sheet music, recorded music and DVDs, books and plays, and the staff here will always help you find your way around the catalogue.

    We are the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, here to help our performing arts community access the info they need for their teaching and learning.  

    How to Get Free Sheet Music

    We subscribe to Alexander Street Press Classical Scores Library Collections 1 and 2.  That means our staff and students can download anything they find there.  There's classical music for everyone, whatever they sing or play.  Do take a look.  (If you're accessing these links from off-campus, you'll need to login.)

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    We are the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - here to help our performing arts community with their information needs! 

    Singers! Instantly track down that Aria - The Aria Database


    Singers will feel right at home here!  Who wrote that aria? What opera is it in? Who wrote the libretto?  Are there recordings?  The Aria Database is a free resource to help you.
    Staff and students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will probably be very familiar with IPA Source, which gives you transliterations, phonetic pronunciations and so on.  It's fabulous, but our subscription is only available on campus.  Therefore, The Aria Database might be a useful fallback for those away-days when you need aria information in a hurry.

    Save IPA Source (International Phonetic Alphabet) and The Aria Database to your favourites, and you've got arias just about covered!

     

    Composer Peter Sculthorpe - Obituary on IAML website



    Jennifer Ward, of the International Association of Music Libraries Web Team, has posted a modest tribute to Peter Sculthorpe on the IAML website right now.  
     Jennifer linked to Michael's reference to the newsletter as well as a radio interview, an online exhibit from the National Library of Australia, and his composer page at the Australian Music Centre.
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    Whittaker Library patrons wishing to peruse some of Sculthorpe's compositions will find a listing in our catalogue, HERE.