Monthly Archives: April 2015

ASW 2015: Reports and information (1)

Throughout the ASW we had “Reports and information” sessions. These were a great opportunity to see a snapshot of life in music libraries around the country. They ranged from more academic discussions to some really fun projects reaching out to … Continue reading

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ASW 2015: Heavy genealogy

Heavy Metal is not a topic that I imagine comes up with any great regularity in the field of music librarianship (some may even argue that it is not even, in fact, “music” but that is perhaps a discussion for … Continue reading

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ASW 2015 : Panel discussion on ‘The Impact of Digital Technologies on Music Provision in Libraries’

It’s an inarguable fact that digital technologies have had a huge effect on library provision in general. The arts have perhaps been slightly slower than the sciences to explore and exploit digital potential, but the panel session on ‘The Impact … Continue reading

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ASW 2015: Around the world in 4,000 tapes

Jane Fanshawe got the ASW off to a thrilling and foot-tapping start with a talk on the life and work of her husband, David – ethnomusicologist, composer, and champion of world music. Now housed in a converted stable-block among the … Continue reading

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ASW 2015: The Bigger, the Better – A Big Data History of Music

Karen McAulay gets in touch with her Inner Geek… It is strange to think that only a decade ago, hardly anyone would have heard of big data. For something so large, it’s relatively easy to get your head around the … Continue reading

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ASW 2015: How the Royal College of Organists acquired a library

You’ve heard the corny old joke about organists, I imagine? What’s the difference between an organist and a terrorist? You can’t reason with an organist. (Music librarians may not fully understand the joke, organists will protest, but there are clergy … Continue reading

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ASW 2015 : “New libraries: What we can learn”

  The ASW included a visit to the magnificent Library of Birmingham. It was truly a stunning space, but offered many stark lessons to be learnt about building new libraries, particularly functionality vs. design and the importance of consulting users … Continue reading

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