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.

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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And then came the Book Reviews

This is the first time the phrase “my book reviews” refers to reviews of my book, not my reviews of other people’s! First there was the thesis. Then the book, published in April this year, and including a new chapter … Read More »

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Public Engagement

Clearing out emails, I found a link about the Inverclyde fiddle manuscript that I was interviewed about recently. It appeared in a number of newspapers and led to an interview on BBC Radio Scotland – so that’s what public engagement … Read More »

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Articles and Public Engagement

In a month, I’ve published a peer-reviewed article in Scottish Music Review, a librarianship article in Link (the librarianship journal of the Association of Commonwealth Universities), submitted two conference abstracts, and been interviewed by the BBC World Service and BBC … Read More »

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A normal library day turned upside down

It has been a somewhat surreal day. I expected to attend a meeting in the morning and get a load of cataloguing done in the rest of the day. I made my apologies for the meeting when I realised colleagues … Read More »

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Reflective Writing about Libraries Fostering Creativity

The following paragraphs are a write-up I have written in response to last Saturday’s Library Camp in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. To those not working in libraries, I should explain that library camps are a new form of “unconference” – … Read More »

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The incentive of an impending deadline

I could say that I never learn. Or, to put it more positively, I am never so motivated as when a deadline is whooshing towards me! September was the month of the two encyclopedia entries. I made the deadline with … Read More »

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