Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Thursday, 30 June 2011

How to plagiarise by mistake (a Prezi presentation by Inger Mewburn)

No-one wants to get caught plagiarising - even accidentally.

This is a link to a quick Prezi presentation by Inger Mewburn, Australian research support guru and author of The Thesis Whisperer.

Very quick - a great intro.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Edinburgh Young Guides training, 13-15 July

  • Aged 13-15? 
  • Free 13th -15th July? 
  • Probably (but not necessarily) Edinburgh-based?

This looks such fun, Whittaker wishes 'he' was thirteen, fourteen or fifteen again!

Training in being a city guide - three days' worth of workshop - then actually getting out on the street and BEING a guide.

Sounds cool?  If you know a suitable teenager, show them this link - but be quick, as the event will be signed up soon.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Classical Music Library adds EMI content and more!

From an Alexander Street Press release - news to gladden your hearts!

Classic Music Library has just released 22,496 tracks (!!) from EMI, Virgin Classics, and Angel Records into Classical Music Library. That is 1,529 new albums, so Classical Music Library now contains 87,193 tracks.

Isn't that enough to make you pleased that RSAMD students and staff have access to Classical Music Library?!  Here's the link: 
(RSAMD students and staff please contact library staff if you've forgotten the login.)

A list of all of the new content can be found here.

Highlights:- recordings by Thomas Hampson, the Eroica Trio, Natalie Dessay, Sarah Chang, Les Arts Florissants, Maria Callas, Julian Bream, English Consort, Dinu Lipatti, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Christa Ludwig, Berlin Philharmonic, Sviatoslav Richter, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Taverner Choir, Kiri Te Kanawa, Maxim Vengerov, Vienna Philharmonic, and many more.

Examples of new albums include:

*American Classics series - includes albums by Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Ives, Grofe, Adams, Cage, Gershwin, Tomlinson, Foster, and more.
*Bach:Complete Lute Suites (Sharon Isbin) *Bliss conducts Bliss: A Song of Welcome etc *The Busoni Two Piano Programme *Maria Callas in Rehearsal in Dallas 1957 *Chopin: The Legendary 1965 Recording (Martha Argerich) *Enrico Caruso 1902-04 *Gubaidulina - The Canticle of the Sun/Music for Flute, Strings and Percussion *J.C. Bach La Dolce Fiamma - Forgotten castrato arias *Maxim Vengerov : Solo recital album *Tavener . Pärt . Górecki (Vasari Singers)

The Value of Libraries - it's official!

A blog on the RIN (Research Information Website) summarises what we librarians have always known - we're great value for money and help students get results!

Read it here.

Thursday, 23 June 2011


'Whittaker' - in her research support persona - has written a piece on 'Celebrations' for the Australian Thesis Whisperer blog.

Writing a thesis?  Working towards completion?  Mark each stage with a celebration and give yourself a well-earned pat on the back!

Warwick Folk Festival 28-31 July 2011

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

What does online learning really mean?

A very intelligent, reasoned blogpost by Witty_Knitter, reminding us of some important considerations when contemplating online learning technologies.

Read it here.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Jazz Glasgow

Glasgow Jazz Festival 2011

25th annual Glasgow International Jazz Festival 
Wednesday 29th June - Sunday 3rd July

Not forgetting ...

6th Jazz Glasgow Summer School
(Same dates, 29th June to  3rd July) 

Scottish folklorist Margaret Bennett makes film about Flora McCulloch

Commemorating Flora McCulloch

A Norman Maclean Galloway film preserves Scots folklore, assisted by one of RSAMD's folklorists, Margaret Bennett.

RSAMD staff and students were featured on the BBC this week talking about a Scottish Film currently in production starring Dr Margaret Bennett, acting graduate Andrew Rothney and first year actor Scarlett Mack.

BBC Link  (BBC News Scotland audio recording, 14th June 2011).

Thursday, 16 June 2011

British Journal of Music Education

Volume 28 / Issue 02 , July 2011

Lots of relevant stuff in the latest issue of this journal. Available electronically to RSAMD staff and students here.

 • Trainee teachers and practising professionals will be interested in:- Teachers' use of digital technology in secondary music education: illustrations of changing classrooms

Curriculum reformers may also find the above interesting because it queries whether our use of digital technology is reactive or proactive, and amplicative or transformative.

Singers may be keen to follow up this one:- Scientific concepts in singing: Do they belong in a student toolbox of learning?

• Meanwhile, singing or instrumental instructors will probably want to look at this article:- Understanding the one-to-one relationship in instrumental/vocal tuition in Higher Education: comparing student and teacher perceptions

There’s plenty more – I’ve just picked out a couple of highlights.  All available full-text by clicking the links. (If you’re out of the building, remember you’ll need to identify yourself as connected with RSAMD then use your academy login.)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

THE SCOTTISH WAY: Music education north of the border

Article by Susan Nickalls in the June issue of MUSIC TEACHER (Vol.90; No.6, 2011), pp. 26-28:-

The Scottish Way.
As England plods its way towards finalising a National Plan for Music, Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence has been putting music and the arts at the centre of learning since August last year; Susan Nickalls profiles a vibrant music education scene north of the border.
- sorry, not available online but you can read it in RSAMD Whittaker Library!

Zetoc gives you alerts like this whenever something interesting comes up - why not try for yourself? 

MUSIC TEACHER -LONDON- EVANS THEN RHINEGOLD PUBLISHING- VOL 90; NUMB 6 (2011) pp. 26-28 THE SCOTTISH WAY: Music education north of the border.

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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Minstrels and Metaphors

'Whitaker' - aka RSAMD Music & Academic Services Librarian Karen McAulay - will be giving a paper on Minstrels and Metaphors in early 19th century Celtic song collections, at the IAML 2011 conference in Dublin in July.

Take a look at her new Minstrels and Metaphors page on this blog.  It's growing fast ...

Thursday, 9 June 2011

King George VI Fellowship - last minute applications welcomed!

Cumberland Lodge, on the Windsor Estate, is offering a one-year fellowship.  It comes with accomodation and a stipend.  It's a truly fabulous place and would be a wonderful opportunity for a postdoc, or perhaps someone completing a doctorate.

But hurry! The deadline is 13th June.

"We are currently recruiting a new King George VI Fellow. This is a twelve month residential post available fom September 2011. The application deadline is 13th June and interviews will take place in early July 2011. Application details can be found on our website:"

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Thesis Whisperer - first anniversary of researcher support blog

  • Doing a PhD?
  • Feeling isolated or in need of support?
The Thesis Whisperer is a blog for doctoral research students, by Australian academic Inger Mewburn.  This week she celebrates the first anniversary of a blog that is decidedly going places.  It's helpful, informative and friendly.  A commentator described it as providing 'big sisterly' common-sense advice to researchers.

RSAMD Music & Academic Services Librarian Karen McAulay is a recent contributor to this blog.  We're proud to be associated with such a successful and worthwhile project.

Link to anniversary posting
Link to The Thesis Whisperer homepage

Monday, 6 June 2011

Whittaker Live helps a Good Cause - RNID

This isn't music information - it's helping other folk hear music.

Yesterday morning, 'Whittaker' did a sponsored swim of 100 lengths  to raise money for RNID's Centenary Appeal.  If you're a musician, you'll appreciate the value of research into hearing loss.

Please consider supporting this sponsored swim - further information (and 'Whittaker' revealed) here.

Scottish Storytelling Centre Update

Scottish Storytelling Centre
Weekly events update (6 June 2011)

"The weather has been putting a smile on everyone's face and the Cente's events this weekend will keep those smiles alive with fantastic storytelling and music in A Traveller in Two Worlds and some impressive Irish jigs courtesy of Edinburgh group Absolutely Legless.

Also coming up we have our regular evening of sharing traditional arts with Cafe Voices featuring musician Dave Francis, and a special event of sharing story tips to celebrate Father's Day.

To book for any event please call the Centre's box office on 0131 556 9579, where we'll be happy to help with bookings or enquiries.

We recommend advance booking to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you."