In recent weeks, I spoke about the library and e-resources to our new jazz undergraduates, and gave part-of-a-lecture to all the new BMus and BEd undergraduates, about finding resources (paper and electronic) for their first academic assignment.
I also made a powerpoint and recorded a voiceover about using the catalogue and our e-resources, which was shared with the new PGCert and MEd students, and that has also gone online for future use. What I need is feedback, though. I did ask for students to let me know if the ppt was helpful. No-one has. (I think I’ll send a MailChimp message to the entire cohort – it might get some response.) But last night I got an email asking for e-resource help, so I checked out the things I was asked about, and emailed a reply. This was at 23:58 on a Saturday! (Do I get a gold star for being super-helpful, over and above the call ….?!) However, I couldn’t solve the problems. We didn’t have one thing, and don’t seem to have access to another. I’ll check it out again at work tomorrow. I really shouldn’t check my work emails on a Saturday night …
I was meant to give another undergraduate session on Wednesday, but there was a schedule change that I didn’t hear about, so that is to be rescheduled.
All part of the parachute lecturer’s rich tapestry of life. These lecturers with their regular teaching schedules don’t know they’re born!!
As a librarian, part of my practice is to help train our students in effective learning and use of our library resources. Let’s not forget – anything in a library is a resource, whether it’s a book, score, recording or library staff, not to mention the e-resources that don’t actually live “in” the library but are accessible through our website. A library IS a resource!
I decided to pull together a reading list about reflective practice and being a reflective practitioner. Then I blogged about it, and used the blog text for a MailChimp message to all our staff and first-year students. Here’s the blogpost, on our WhittakerLive performing arts blog:
E-journals, E-portfolios and Reflective Practice
Who used St Andrews University Library Regency Copyright Music Collection? What did they borrow, and how much? (And what do I have in common with the first lady music cataloguer?) All to be revealed to the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society on Thursday 20th October!
OK – since September, I’ve given four talks, with another to follow next week, and then a sixth in November. In terms of both research activity and public engagement, I think I’ve been quite active!
In September, I talked about Instructions, Introductions, Treatises and Tutors: Music for the Regency Miss (Women and Education in the Long Eighteenth Century); then my Exchange Talk here at RCS: Meanwhile in Scotland, 1808.
Last week I did a Show and Tell talk at Martyrs Kirk research library in St Andrews; and yesterday I did an illustrated Music Talk in St Andrews: From Stationers’ Hall to St Andrews: late Georgian Music and Ladies of Leisure.
Next week it’s the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society: The Legal Deposit Music of St Andrews: Scottish Airs, Irish and Hebrew Melodies, and other late Georgian Favourites.
And finally, on 16th November, the RMA Scottish Chapter (5.15, Room 2, Music Department, 14 University Gardens, Glasgow) – an approximate but not exact repeat of yesterday’s Music Talk.