Ongoing User Education

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!!

Reflecting upon my Practice

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

Talking About Research

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!11228598145_661aa7a45d_z

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.karen-and-st-andrews-library-choir



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.