Greetings from the Subject Librarian for Music

The Music Library at Aberdare Hall

The Music Library at Aberdare Hall

Now that the academic year is winding down a bit and students are sitting the last of their exams, I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself as someone connected to the project.

1st November 2012 will mark my fifth anniversary with Cardiff University as the Subject Librarian for Music. When I started here, the Mackworth, Aylward, and BBC Collections were housed two floors above the Music Library in locked cabinets lining a small ensemble/seminar room. This JISC-funded project marks the culmination of plans begun back in 2008 on how best to maximise access to the Music Library’s Special Collections.

In addition to holding a basic consultant position in the Project Team, I also co-presented with David Wyn Jones and Richard Chesser on the project at this year’s Annual Study Weekend (ASW) for the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres’ United Kingdom and Ireland Branch (IAML UK & Irl). This is the annual national conference held for professionals (future, current, and past) in the business of curating and providing access services to music information resources.

For more information on our conference, please see my recent post on the Cardiff University ‘Library News’ Blog.

A week after the conference (which was held at the Cardiff University School of Music this year, the weekend after Easter), I attended a 2-day JISC meeting on behalf of our project team. It was really terrific to be able to put some human faces to the JISC brand and to forge connections with other JISC project participants.

More recently, I was thrilled to meet up yesterday with our new project cataloguer, Loukia. I first met Loukia when she attended the ASW a little over a month ago, and was quite excited to learn that she was given the appointment.

Loukia and I have already begun to talk about how to draw Music Library staff and School of Music students into her work on the project to increase visibility and personal investment from our community. Some ideas include having Loukia give a 50 minute presentation to our Third Year Dissertation students in November, and to perhaps arrange some job shadow opportunities with the Library staff.

It’s been amazing to see this project come together and I’m eternally grateful to the active members of the Project Team and to JISC for making it happen. I’ve very much enjoyed the exhibition these past two months, and can’t wait to see cataloguing records emerge from what was once obscured.

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Digital Exhibition Selection of Texts

Music – Wagner Score

As a contribution to the Project here in Special Collections and Archives a digital selection of texts which are to be catalogued has been produced for our website by Alison Harvey (Assistant Archivist). Alison has been cataloguing Mackworth manuscripts recently, but the web exhibition includes selections also from the Aylward and BBC collections which are part of the Project (and we’ve included a digital section from an archive we hold of a Welsh composer also). Details can be seen on our website here:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/libraries/scolar/digital/music.html

This work also partly supported the recent major event hosted by Cardiff University’s School of Music, namely,the IAML (UK + Irl.) 2012 Conference. A very successful weekend was enjoyed by all it seems, with thanks to Charity Dove, the School of Music Librarian, who was heavily involved in the organisation of the conference.  Details can be seen here:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/music/newsandevents/news/schoolnews/12iaml.html