Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Traditional Music Forum invite you to a Consultation, 14 October 2017

Trad Music Education - A New Approach

There's a Traditional Music Forum meeting in Edinburgh on Saturday 14th October.  It's a consultation about building a 'framework for good practice, quality assurance, professional development or career-long learning opportunities'.  (Quoting from an article in Box and Fiddle magazine, September 2017, p.19.)

Click on the link above to visit the Eventbrite booking site!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Women in Jazz (or not) - a Conversation

In the UK edition of the online magazine, The Conversation, there's an article which asks, "Why is there so little space for women in jazz music?"  The author is Cat Hope, from Monash University.  Read the article here...

Were You Born Before or After 1984? Why it (Might) Make a Difference

The educationalist Marc Prensky wrote an influential article in 2001, suggesting that people born after 1984 are the generation of digital natives, and their approach to learning and multitasking are different.  This has been hotly debated ever since!

Now two more educationalists, Paul A. Kirschner and Pedro De Bruyckere, are suggesting Prensky got it all wrong.

We can't access Kirschner and De Bruyckere's whole article, but a summary in gives a useful overview of the arguments.  Take a look here ...

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Discovery Layer - our Latest Library Buzzword

Twittaker at the Whittaker Library Catalogue
We have a new catalogue system in the Whittaker Library.  This one's a great advance on the old one, because you can look for online resources actually *in the catalogue*.  The software that makes this all possible is called a "discovery layer".  So we looked for a colleague's scholarly article, and lo and behold! there it was, without having to go and look on a different website.
Where's the article? Why, here it is! Ace!

Of course, this really opens up our resources for students and colleagues when they're offsite, because they can check the catalogue and discover lots of electronic resources - articles, database searches, streamed sound and more - which they can access anywhere.

We'll be posting hints and tips to help people get the most out of this very clever new system, so watch this space - and Twitter, of course!  Extra kudos for anyone who asks the staff to demonstrate our new discovery layer ...

Check out the Catalogue!