Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Talking about Scottish Music, or Composer in Scotland? This is for You!

The Musica Scotica conference is in sunny Stirling this year – the 23rd and 24th April.  Our call for papers has been out for some weeks, but just in case you missed it/weren’t aware of it/ hadn’t thought about going, we thought we’d share the CFP again today.  The deadline for abstracts (papers or briefer poster session) is strictly speaking this Sunday.  A couple of extra days won’t make much difference, but don’t leave it too long!

Here are all the details you need before you write/submit that abstract!

Journals on Film, TV and Cultural Studies - Lucky RCS Students!

Did you know?  Our library subscription to Edinburgh University Press journals gives our staff and students access to no less then ten different journals on film, television and cultural studies.

On site, colleagues will find themselves already logged in to the website here.  Off-campus, you'll need to log in by Shibboleth.  (That means picking the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from a list of institutions, and then using your normal login.)

Journal of British Film and Television, anyone?

Do you keep a Reflective Practice Journal? This Guardian blogpost might interest you

Top tips for early career artists was posted on the Guardian's Culture Professionals Network a couple of days ago.  I thought it might interest anyone who has to keep a reflective journal about their development as a performer.  Do take a look.  

The Culture Professionals Network is a thoroughly worthwhile blog to keep on your radar - you never know what may pop up to pique your interest!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Hey, Look! Nathaniel Gow's Dance Band


Nathaniel Gow's Dance Band


Concerto Caledonia

Fiddle Music from 

 Scottish Printed Sources 1761-1823

Hey, look! We have a new CD - the latest Concerto Caledonia release, produced as an outcome from the recent AHRC-funded Bass Culture project - or, to use its offficial name, Historic Music of Scotland.  We've added it to stock immediately, needless to say!

We're part of the Associated Board! More Theory Books ...

Did you know the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is part of ABRSM, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music?

That's how we get our copies of past papers of theory exams.  Karen has been cataloguing some recent ones, in response to reader demand.  Here they are, all catalogued and ready for readers!

Dating and Identifying Old Sheet Music

Coincidentally, the wise birds at Cambridge University Music Library have put together a great posting about ways to date rare old sheet music, whilst Karen here has been discussing RISM numbers with friends at both RISM and Copac.  (RISM numbers are another excellent way of identifying early music - and the part of RISM dealing with early printed music is now freely available online. Meanwhile, Copac is the big national combined catalogue for UK university and national libraries.  Librarians call it a 'union catalogue'.)

Keep abreast of the latest thinking - why not take a look at these links?

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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