I’m pleased to say my article was published in Library Review this month, February 2015 (Vol.64 Iss. 1/2, pp.154-161). Since it’s an Emerald journal and peer-reviewed, I’m feeling quite chuffed!
I can’t even remember how I dreamt up the title of that article, but it’s about library user education and musical paratext, and draws on my Teaching Artist studies last year. Maybe I should reassure you that “sexy” is a marketing term, and paratext certainly reveals things about the author or compiler of a book. Not a whisper of black lace or naughtiness anywhere, I can guarantee.
If your university library subscribes to Library Review, you can read the article here. If not, I’ll share the abstract so you can see what it’s about.
Purpose – This paper aims to explore the advantages of applying best pedagogical practice to library-based teaching, using targeted content in order to contextualise the teaching within a performing arts curriculum. The author, dual-qualified in music and librarianship, is responsible for providing library user education and instructing readers in the use of electronic resources, literature review, related research and bibliographic skills and Scottish songbook history in a performing arts institution. A recent opportunity to take a short course, The Teaching Artist, prompted the author to re-examine her approach to such library-based teaching. Her observations arise from the reflective practice that was a core component of The Teaching Artist course.
Design/methodology/approach – The main focus of this concept paper is a consideration of best pedagogical practice, and a discussion of how best to embed it in a curriculum designed for performers and other creative artists. Turning from a role as a bibliographic instructor to that as an academic adjunct, the author addresses similar pedagogical issues in a session on Scottish songbooks, which is delivered each year to second-year undergraduates.
Findings – The author wrote a paper on user education for a librarianship journal in 1991. The present paper reflects upon the discernible differences in approach between then and now, and finds that gaining pedagogical expertise has enabled significant improvements.
Originality/value – There is comparatively little published about user education in music libraries, about pedagogical training for librarians working in this field, or about scholar-librarians availing themselves of suitable training to improve their delivery of academic course components.
I hope to resume my studies towards a PGCert (Postgraduate Certificate) in teaching, later this year, and I look forward to gaining further insights which I can draw upon in future teaching activites.