Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Friday, 23 September 2011

Keeping in touch with home

Things have never been so easy - Phone, text, Facebook, Twitter, email, Skype ... no excuses for not keeping family and friends up to date with your exciting new life.

Changed days - the Whittaker Library is full of published letters and correspondence by famous composers and playwrights.  (Think about it - how many of your communications will survive, 100 years on?)

Looking for those published letters, I experimented with ways of searching the library catalogue.  Just typing in Letters is one way, of course.

Here are some more search tips:-
  • The catalogue searches for singular and plural versions of a word stem, so you don't have to!
  • Look at the Refine Your Search sidebar to narrow down by author, collection (eg drama or music book), subject etc.
  • The Advanced Search offers a search box where you type alternatives - so you'll retrieve at least one of the words specified, eg Letters or Correspondence
  • Bypass the Advanced Search boxes by using this format: (Letters OR Correspondence)
By the way, if old postcards appeal to you, there are plenty in the SCRAN online collection, available to staff and students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as institutional members.

Our own composer Oliver Searle bought an old postcard at the Barras, which inspired his piece 23.VII.32 (2008) for the Bearsden Choir.  More info from the Scottish Music Centre website. 

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