Pathways, Outputs and Impacts: Being a Librarian-Researcher Today

In one sense, the talk I gave at the IAML (UK & Ireland) Annual Study Weekend last year (2018) could be seen as a sequel to the “Ghosts of Borrowers Past” talk, which I gave in 2016.  However, it also offered me the opportunity to talk about something completely different – the tricky task of finding and applying for research grant-funding.  For this talk, I shape-shifted into a latter-day Dick Whittington, eager to convince everyone that academia’s streets are indeed paved with golden funding opportunities.

“…paved with golden funding opportunities”

I felt as though I was talking about “how to get money without robbing a bank”, as I explained my present situation.  I’ve been fortunate to have had a series of part-time research-secondments since the AHRC-funded Bass Culture project came to a close in 2015, but at that point, I was encouraged not only to pursue a new project, but also to seek grant funding in order to widen my research – and, of course, to help fund it! 

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Make Music Day 2019

Courtesy of an email to the IAML list – exciting plans for this year’s Make Music Day. Mark it in your diary now….

Dear All,

We have spent the autumn reflecting on what a brilliant Make Music Day took place this summer and thinking ahead to next year. We’re doing a road trip round the UK after Christmas to tell more people about Make Music Day and bring everyone together to start planning for June 2019.
If you’d like to get involved in Make Music Day, as a performer, organiser, venue, supporter, volunteer etc, we’d love you to join us at one of the local network meetings. We’re looking to gather together a range of musicians, music groups, arts organisations, venues, businesses – anyone interested in turning Make Music Day into something huge! At each event there will be an opportunity to hear about Make Music Day and plans for 2019, discuss ways to get involved, network and form partnerships.

Make Music Day 2019 – Local Network Meetings
Norfolk – 21 January, 4.30-6.30pm, King’s Lynn
Merseyside – 28 January, 4.30-6.30pm, Liverpool
London – 31 January, 4.30-6.30pm, London Bridge
Yorkshire – 4 February, 4.30-6.30pm, York
Bristol – 5 February, 4.30-6.30pm, Bristol
Scotland – 7 February, 4.00-6.00pm, Glasgow

Local Network Events will also take place in Cardiff and Belfast in the new year – details to follow.
Click on the events above for further details and to register (numbers are limited so advance booking is essential).
For more information, visit or contact
If you cannot attend but are interested in getting involved, please join the mailing list.

Make Music Day

Make Music Day takes place across the globe on 21 June annually. Started in France in 1982 as Fête de la Musique, this celebration of music now takes place in over 120 countries on the summer solstice. It is a DIY festival of music and anyone can perform or organise an event. Events take place in venues and public spaces – from town squares to libraries, bandstands to school halls, pubs to train stations – all are free to attend. On 21 June 2018 over 500 free performances took place across the UK, reaching audiences of 100,000 people live and online. Check out the MMD website for images and video from this summer. Download the 2018 evaluation report here.

Alison and Nick
Make Music Day UK project managers 

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Christmas at Kilburn

We had a visit on December 20th from a local school choir, (Kingsgate Primary School choir, who last delighted a library audience on Making Music Day 2018); and they entertained us to lively Christmas music. They put everyone in Christmas spirit with their marvellous singing led by their wonderful music teacher. There were spirited renditions of all the seasonal standards including Twelve days of ChristmasJingle Bells and Winter wonderland

Carolling at Kilburn

Staff were tempted to put on their Christmas hats and jumpers and are still humming the tunes as I write.

A very Merry Christmas to you all

Thomas Kearns, Camden Library Services

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IL TRITTICO …or missing middles

The RNCM Library easier than ever Christmas Quiz 2018

Supply the missing middle element from each group of three – some musical, some not

1. The Fellowship of the Ring       __________________     The Return of the King

2. Regeneration                                ________________________    The Ghost Road

3. The Fourth of August                 ________________________    For the Fallen

4. Asie                                                  ­­­________________________     L’Indifférent

5. Rod                                                   ________________________    Freddy

6. Emerson                                         ________________________    Palmer

7. Joy                                                    ­­­­­________________________    Babs

8. A barge on the Seine                 ________________________    Florence

9. Star Wars                                        ________________________    Return of the Jedi

10. Le Matin                                       ________________________    Le Soir

11. Hereford                                      ________________________    Worcester

12. Shem                                             ________________________    Japheth

13. Yum-Yum                                     ________________________    Peep-Bo

14. Weisheit                                       ________________________    Natur

15. I – 1189-1199                              ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________________________    III – 1483-1485

16. Rag                                                 ________________________    Bobtail

17. Goneril                                          ________________________    Cordelia

18. K.543                                              ________________________    K.551

19. Mad Hatter                                 ________________________    March Hare

20. Winston Churchill                     ________________________    Adam Smith

21. Energy                                           ______________________ Speed of light squared

22. Woglinde                                     ________________________    Flosshilde

23. Davis                                              ________________________    Barclay

24. Gold                                               ________________________     Myrrh

25. Athos                                             ________________________    Aramis

Geoff Thomason, Royal Northern College of Music

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Christmas in Oxford

The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year for the Oxford University Press Music Hire Library – scores, parts, and vocal scores for carol orchestrations and Christmas music literally fly through the door.  We thought we’d celebrate by making a festive film.

Busy library elves at OUP’s Music Hire Library

Season’s greetings to all music library colleagues!

Simon Wright
Head of Rights & Contracts, Music, Oxford University Press

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E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize

IAML 2Established in the 1994–1995 year, the E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize is awarded for a significant contribution to the literature of music information fields; namely, those professions found within libraries, museums, archives and records management. Award applications are welcome from any of the following: Library and Information Science students (or group of students), postgraduate researchers, and music information professionals who are in the first five years of their career employment. The prize worth £300 is awarded at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres, United Kingdom & Ireland Branch (IAML UK & Irl).

The closing date for applications is: MONDAY 7th JANUARY 2019

The application can be found here:–-entry-form

After completing the online form, applicants must then email their paper to Charity Dove at:

Further details about the prize, including full terms & conditions and a brief biography of E.T. Bryant, can be found here:

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A song for the season

5238, Geminiani BAL_84534Corelli’s Christmas Concerto was so called as it bears the inscription ‘Fatto per la notte di Natale’ (‘made for the night of Christmas’). The portrait of Francesco Geminiani by Andrea Soldi, now in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum, was painted in about 1735, depicts the composer holding a copy of the Christmas Concerto, in tribute to his famous teacher.

Katharine Hogg,
Gerald Coke Handel Collection, The Foundling Museum

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