What’s in a name?

I feel like an expert in rebranding, since our institution had a namechange at the beginning of this month. 

And I only had the pleasure of changing library leaflets – that was a marathon enough.  (Change the name, change the hyperlinks, ensure the formatting is consistent and fits the A5 leaflet size, convert to a pdf, remove the old and upload the new to the VLE.  For each of a dozen or so leaflets.  Did you detect the silent scream?)

That was what I had to do.  What I also decided to do was to blog the 30 days’ events around Scotland that marked this epoch-making change in our identity.  The performers are doing the touring; I’m just following their Tweets and uploading pictures onto WhittakerLive, our performing arts blog.  That’s because I feel we should somehow “archive” a record of the month for posterity.  You want to take a look?  Visit http://whittakerlive.blogspot.com!  We’re only halfway through the month, but it’s looking quite good, though I say it myself.  Sadly (yes, I use the term advisedly), I can’t help myself checking Twitter even when I’m NOT working, to see if there are any more nice images to upload! 

What else does a librarian do in September?  Well, there are the reading lists (three stars to academic colleagues who give me the lists before term starts).  And checking to see if any exist as e-books.  It must be easier in bigger institutions and for subjects like law and the sciences.  Publishers of music textbooks don’t do large print-runs and seldom seem to see the value of marketing an e-book as well.  But maybe things are just changing slowly.

And then there’s my research existence.  I’ve been polishing up the first draft of a conference paper that’s going to be published in Fontes, and now I need to start a book review.  Right now, in fact …

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About Karen Mcaulay

Karen McAulay is a music librarian by career, and a musicologist by inclination, which explains why she undertook doctoral research whilst holding down a full-time music librarian job. Having achieved the magical postnominals, she is currently seconded to spend 40% of her week on an AHRC funded project into Scottish bass culture: the basslines and accompaniments in Scottish fiddle tune collections (http://www.music.arts.gla.ac.uk/bassculture/). As well as speaking on her research specialism, she is also in demand to talk about research skills and her career as a part-time researcher.

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