Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Royal Over-Seas League 58th Annual Music Competition

To visit the ROSL Arts Division website, click here. The deadline for entering the 2010 Competition is 15th January, so don't delay!

My Strathspey - a world-wide community of Scottish country dancers

Visit the database here. It is a work in progress, as explained on the homepage:- ' DanceData World-Wide-Web Interface is a database of information related to Scottish country dancing. It contains a wealth of entries describing dances, tunes, people, publications, recordings and albums, all interconnected. You can use this WWW interface to query the database (in an utterly simple-minded manner) without having to install special software on your own computer; there is also a free-standing version for Windows 95/98/NT which is available from Alan Paterson's site. The free-standing version has many more features; most notably, it allows very complex queries of the data. '

Music making at Benslow January-July 2010

The Benslow Music Trust has released their next course prospectus. Well worth recommending to your pupils! Visit the website here:-

Monday, 14 December 2009

What services do researchers need and use?

The Research Information Network is just winding up tenders for a new project which might be of interest to researchers and their supervisors. Read about Research Support Services: What Services do Researchers Need and Use? RIN homepage The RIN is also looking to fund a second series of case studies to provide a detailed analysis of how humanities’ researchers discover, use, create and manage their information resources. Read about this project here.

Guid Crack: Yule Night, Friday 18 December, 7.30pm.

Edinburgh's monthly storytelling club welcomes all to listen or contribute to the spinning of yarns in a delightful evening of words and song. Appropriately named storyteller and harpist Heather Yule is the special guest tale weaver at Guid Crack: Yule Night on Friday 18 December at 7.30pm. Hosted by Donald Smith, drop into The Waverley Bar on St Mary's Street and find a jovial gathering of storytellers, singers and listeners enjoying a pre-Christmas tale or two along with their pints. [Info from Scottish Storytelling Centre Weekly Events Bulletin]

Monday, 7 December 2009

Archival Sounds at the British Library

See what the British Library says about this service:-

If you are in a licensed UK higher or further education institution, you can

  • Search all recordings on the site
  • Listen to the recordings and download them
  • Add notes and tags and create a favourites list
  • Most of the facilities are also available in our Reading Rooms

If this has whetted your appetite, then visit Electronic Resources on the RSAMD Whittaker Library website.

Access from outside the building involves identifying the RSAMD from a list of academic institutions, then using your normal desktop login.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

New Screen Search Fashion website launched

A new website featuring fashion on film in the 1920s and 1930s is being launched this week.

Screen Search Fashion has been developed by Screen Archive South East, at the University of Brighton, in partnership with the RCA funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD).

  • Free online resource offers a new way of looking at everyday fashion and dress history in the inter-war years through unique archive film held in Screen Archive South East's (SASE) collections.
  • Site provides a thematic guide to aspects of 1920s and 1930s fashion, as depicted in over two hundred newly digitized stills and clips, enabling the researcher to discover key aspects of fashion and dress of the period in their historical and design contexts.
  • Site includes links to records in Screen Archive South East's online database, where the films can be explored in further detail.
  • Includes links to related resources held in archives, libraries and museums; a bibliography of related literature and a glossary of terms.

This new online teaching and learning resource is accessible to all, enabling material which has hitherto been underused for fashion research and study, to be opened up to a wider audience. The vast potential of non-fiction film as a resource for students interested in fashion and dress is highlighted by this resource which has the potential to contribute to dress historians’ developing interest in everyday fashions. This resource is the result of a year long, CETLD-funded project, carried out at the Royal College of Art and Screen Archive South East, at the University of Brighton. Screen Search Fashion can be visited at: Further information/contacts: Screen Archive South East: 01273 643213 Email: