Author Archives: Karen Mcaulay

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.

New Year’s Resolutions?

At this time of year, it feels appropriate to do some inner reflection. In my case, I made a careful list of all the CPD I’d done in 2014 … and understood why my work-life balance was swaying out of … Read More »

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Do You Practise What You Preach?

(First posted on my Teaching Artist blog) Recent training sessions that I’ve received and given, have prompted me to ask myself whether I actually practise what I preach. (Most of the time, I do …) I pitched a session at … Read More »

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You Only Have to Offer: How I came to author Two Encyclopedia Articles

A blogpost written for my own Teaching Artist  blog a couple of days ago:- When my professional organisation forwarded a call for contributors to a new encyclopedia, I glanced very briefly at the email then closed it. Music in the … Read More »

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Do Blogs and Social Media Matter? What Makes a Good Blog?

This past week or so, blogs seem to be surrounding and enveloping me – and the ones I author have taken on a new importance. I decided to rationalise some of my blogging, and adopted my fairly recent WordPress Teaching … Read More »

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Suddenly, there’s a lot to do!

I gave a presentation at the IAML (International Association of Music Libraries) conference in Antwerp last week. It was about the research project I’m currently seconded to on a part-time basis. All went well, and I’ve since been asked to … Read More »

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Reflective Journals and E-Portfolios

We Librarians aren’t the only ones to keep Reflective Journals!  I’ve already mentioned the Teaching Artist short credit-rated course that I’ve been attending at evening classes since February.  Well, this week is the rounding-up of all the different submissions for … Read More »

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Teaching Artist?

You might wonder how a librarian can call themselves a teaching artist?  Well, I’ve signed up to a short credit-rated course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – evening classes from February to May 2014.  I figured that some training … Read More »

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Teaching Artist: a new short course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

I’ve just embarked on a short course at work: evening classes entitled The Teaching Artist, which is a credit-rated course. Ultimately there might be the chance to amass enough credits for a postgraduate diploma, but at the moment it’s just … Read More »

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Thirty Favourite Scots Songs, Untainted by the Caledonian Muse

Peter Thompson was a London publisher whose family business continued in St Paul’s Church Yard for a number of decades in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Around 1790, his sons Charles, Samuel and Peter, and Ann – his … Read More »

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The E. T. Bryant Memorial Prize (IAML UK and Ireland)

Do you know any early career music librarians, or early career librarians who did a dissertation on music librarianship? The E. T. Bryant Memorial Prize is prestigious and valuable, but hurry! Deadline is 10 January 2014. And here’s the link:- … Read More »

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