Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Friday, 12 February 2016

Being Blind in Edwardian Scotland - Two New Books (Print and Accessible Electronic)

Feeling Our History and Hearing Our History,

Author Iain Hutchison. 

RNIB Scotland kindly sent us copies of two new books.  If you're interested in what it was like to be blind in Edwardian Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders, you might like to check them out.

The books are also available in accessible Word versions online at the Insight Radio website.  Click here.

An RNIB Scotland heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Serenade Your Valentine ....

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
We have the love-songs –
The rest’s up to you!

If you’ve a yen to try serenading, start here, in the RCS Whittaker Library:-

Musical Theatre …..

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

RCS Archive exhibition "Singers of the Century" opens in Moscow with a concert.

           "Singers of the Century", an RCS archive exhibition at the Russian State Art Library

As part of an exhibition exchange between The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland  (RCS) and the Russian State Art Library.  An exhibition opened on the 5th February in Moscow based around signed images of opera singers which are a part of the RCS Archive collections.  For the opening of the exhibition, RCS opera student Olga Ivakina organised a small concert based around the repertoire of the singers represented, with Oksana Lesnichya from the Bolshoy and her piano player Dmitry Onischenko. Olga also gave a talk about exhibition and about being a student at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

In return, The Russian State Art Library will exhibit an exhibition "Shakespeare on the Russian Stage" in The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in April and May 2016.   Alan Jones DDPS Librarian  

Russian State Art Library

Friday, 5 February 2016

Looking for new repertoire? Lucky RCS Students!

The kind people at Music Sales Classical have given the Whittaker Library a number of absolutely new scores and performance sets by the best contemporary composers. You can find out what we've got by checking our new acquisitions - there's a link on the catalogue homepage.  Click here!

RCS staff and students - the material is nearly all catalogued, and will be labelled etc over the weekend. If you see something that you like the look of, please mention it to the staff on the desk, and they'll make sure you're notified when it's ready to borrow. 

Unrequested items will go on the new book display before going to their proper, permanent place in the library.

Bridge Week or no, we're still open 10-4 on Saturday and 11-3 on Sunday this weekend.  If you can't make it in, find your way to our library website to make use of our e-resources.

We're the super-helpful and friendly Whittaker Library, here to assist our staff and students with their teaching and learning needs!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Read Up on Arts in Inclusive Practice

One of the choice modules offered to students at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is 'Arts in Inclusive Practice'. 

The Library has compiled a reading list based on the book-list that staff have recommended to students.  Knowing that an assignment is due later this month, we thought we'd remind you that these books are here!

  • Want to see our reading list about arts in inclusive practice? Click here.
  • You can use the live Library Chat on our catalogue home-page if you need library help.  Click here.
We are the very helpful Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, here to support our performing arts community in their teaching and learning needs.

Monday, 1 February 2016

RCS Assignments due? Whittaker Library is Here to Help ...

So it's Bridge week, and you're out exercising your creativity? We wish you all the best with your exploits. 

Maybe you need library resources for your Bridge Week project? Or you're using the time to catch up on assignments? We're here all week, usual times. And the library is lovely and quiet just now if you need to study.

We thought we'd remind you some of the great resources we offer, and you can use most of them from anywhere with an internet connection!

You want info? The library catalogue has print materials, e-books and journals, CDs and DVDs to borrow and digital audiovisual to stream.  Find it all online via the library website.
Remember, Oxford Music Online is the world's best online music encyclopedia - that's a great place to start, and the bibliographies are always useful, too.
You have probably also heard of JSTOR - a huge online database of journal articles. We subscribe to the music package on behalf of our staff and students. Everything except the most recent issues can be found on JSTOR.

Are you an RCS student or colleague needing info about logins for e-resources? Email or just drop in and ask us!  Or use LibraryChat on thecatalogue homepage.

Tell us what you need to know more about, and we'll do our best to help.

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Friday, 29 January 2016

When a Reference leads to a Book not a Job Offer

RefMe saves your references!

 If you write essays or other assignments, you'll have been told to make sure you cite your references;
in other words, you must say which author you're quoting from.  (Some people talk about references, some about citations.  Same thing.)

There are many ways of citing your references - basically, they're different ways of formating your references so that they all give the necessary bibliographical information in a prescribed way.  Here at RCS, we use the Harvard referencing style.  (Click here to find a page about it. You'll have to be an RCS student or staff member to access this page.)

It's very handy to automate the procedure a bit, by using referencing software.  There are a number of free apps available.  RefMe is one of the latest, and probably the simplest.

How to use it?  Sign up here.

  1. If you're citing books, go to your library catalogue or a website like Amazon or Copac.  
  2. Highlight and copy the title of the book you've quoted from, and make a mental note of the date the book was published.
  3. Tell RefMe that you're creating a reference.
  4. Tell RefMe you're listing a book.  A search box will appear.
  5. Copy and paste the book title in.
  6. Choose your book from the list of results that will appear - make sure the date is right. Click on it.
  7. Bingo! Your first reference.
  8. Once you've got all your references listed, you can export it various ways, eg as a Word document.  That can be copied and pasted at the end of your essay.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Stand Like a Superhero? Really?

Tea-breaks in the Whittaker Library involve wide-ranging conversations.  Today, we feel obliged to share this with you, because it offers wisdom that could help you to win friends, influence people, get jobs and even promotions ....

Why You May Want To Stand Like a Superhero, 

The author is Robin S. Rosenberg, PhD, and she wrote her blogpost for Psychology Today, in July 2011.

(If you see the library staff standing like superheroes all of a sudden, it's because we've now realised where we've all been going wrong.  The only way forward, is up!)

Lots of Lovely Fiddle Music - Historical Music of Scotland (

The new Historical Music of Scotland website is live - click hereThere are 22 fully digitized historic fiddle tune books, and full details of another 200, including where to find them, who their compilers were, and what kind of collections they published.  So if you're looking for old fiddle tunes and plenty of insight into how they were harmonized for the cellist, this is the place to go.

There's an article about the website (and the research project that led to it) in the February copy of Box and Fiddle magazine.

We kept a blog before the website went live. It's here at Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions and shows you some of the things we were looking out for.

 You can now buy i-Tunes recordings from the Concerto Caledonia website, with CDs due to be released very soon.

The website will be launched with a concert in London - it's in Café Oto in Dalston on the 11th of February.

Many a Good Tune Played on an Old Fiddle - introducing MIMO

Musical Instrument Museums Online

Think about all the old musical instruments that have survived through the centuries. What stories they could tell! If only we knew who had played them, and what they played!

Sometimes, we do know.  Especially if they're in a musical instrument museum.  RCS lecturer Dr Simon van der Walt thought we might like to share details of this online facility - MIMO.  It stands for Musical Instrument Museums Online.

Do take a look and see what you can find.  For a start, Edinburgh isn't that far away ....

Friday, 22 January 2016

Burns - a Poet for the 21st Century

Monday is Burns night.  Singers will be out "warbling their wood-notes wild"*, and half of Scotland will be eating haggis and neaps. But Burns and his poems are also the stuff of serious scholarship:- 

Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century - a project at the University of Glasgow

Did you need some Burns songs to sing?  

  • Check our catalogue here.  Registered staff and students, if you need to borrow anything, then remember we're open until 20:30 on Burns Night (Monday). 
  • Try our music streaming services if you're looking for recordings to accompany that haggis dinner!  
  • Whittaker Library Electronic Resources for staff and students - click here.

When YouTube comes into its own!

  • The Ayoub Sisters play Scottish Melodies. We found this YouTube video which you might enjoy - click here. 
  • Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings sing 'Logie o' Buchan' at the Star Folk Club 2014. Another YouTube clip for you! Here. 

Warbling their wood-notes wild: when talking about traditional songs, 
Burns's generation frequently used this phrase, referencing the poet Milton!