I’m afraid it’s in my genes: my father was a musician, and my mother is a gifted seamstress. So what do I do for relaxation? I arrange or compose tunes, and I sew. It’s an absolutely essential outlet for me.
I arrange Scottish tunes for small ensembles, and occasionally write songs with a folk influence. Find my tunes on Sheet Music Plus, or as Finale renditions on SoundCloud. In 2019, I aspire to more tunes and (definitely) more live performances!
- The lone wanderer
- Nora’s vow – wind trio, or for voice, flute and treble recorder
- The twa corbies
- David Middleton goes to Aviemore – a set of tunes
- For the Guild – a set of tunes
- Jackdaw Jo, a ballad – voice, flute, violin, piano
- My foot has gone to sleep – a set of tunes
Also by way of relaxation, I sew – my own clothes, patchwork, and occasionally whimsical toys or wallhangings. Here are some highlights from 2018:-
via 2018 Round-Up: the Scholar-Librarian
Annual Review, 2018
I am a Performing Arts Librarian 3.5 days a week, and a Postdoctoral Researcher 1.5 days a week. In this self-imposed annual review, I’m not listing routine activities conducted in either capacity; it goes without saying that I’ve answered queries, catalogued, delivered library research training to a number of different class groups, attended meetings, and pursued research-related activities and fieldwork.
From September 2017 to September 2018, I was the AHRC-funded Principal Investigator for a new research network, the Claimed From Stationers’ Hall music research project. Since then, I have continued to conduct research and network with the various scholars and libraries involved with this project, and in the new year shall be pursuing further grant-funding in order to extend the reach of the project.
As someone who continually asks themselves, “Am I doing enough?”, I feel that even I can be reasonably content with this year’s outputs!
- Chaired sessions at Traditional Pedagogies, international conference at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Blogpost: Copyright Literacy: Legal Deposit (Copyright Behind the Scenes) – and Scores of Musical Scores https://copyrightliteracy.org/2018/02/21/legal-deposit-copyright-behind-the-scenes-and-scores-of-musical-scores/
- Initial iteration of Claimed From Stationers Hall Bibliography, (since updated regularly) https://claimedfromstationershall.wordpress.com/bibliography/
- Book chapter, ‘Wynds, Vennels and Dual Carriageways: the changing Nature of Scottish Music’, in Understanding Scotland musically: folk, tradition and policy. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 230-239.
- Claimed From Stationers’ Hall Workshop, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, (26 Mar)
- Scottish Library & Information Council (SLIC) From PGCert to PG Certainty: Enabling the Distance Learner (invited talk, sectoral organisation) (March 2018)
- IAML(UK & Irl) Annual Study Weekend, invited talk, Pathways, outputs and impacts: the ‘Claimed from Stationers Hall’ music project takes wings
- IAML(UK & Irl) Annual Study Weekend From PGCert to PG Certainty: Enabling the Distance Learner (quick-fire session) (April 2018)
- Blogpost based on the session I gave at the IAML(UK & Ireland) Annual Study Weekend 2018 for the IAML(UK & Ireland) blog, http://iaml-uk-irl.org/blog/libraries-reaching-out-distance-learners
- EAERN (Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network), ‘Claimed From Stationers’ Hall: But What Happened Next?’ (University of Glasgow, 6 June)
- Romantic Song Network steering group seminar at British Library
- IAML/AIBM Annual Congress, Leipzig, ‘A Network of Early British Legal Deposit Music: Explored through Modern Networking
- RMA Conference, Bristol, ‘Overlapping Patterns: the Extant Late Georgian Copyright Music Explored by Modern Research Networking’
- Field-trip to King’s Inns and Trinity College Dublin Libraries, and British Library
- EFDSS Conference, London, ‘National Airs in Georgian British Libraries’
- ARLGS (Academic and Research Libraries Group Scotland) Teachmeet at Glasgow University Library – speaker
- Article, Trafalgar Chronicle, New Series 3 (2018), 202-212, jointly authored with Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, ‘My love to war is going’: Women and Song in the Napoleonic Era’.
- Article, Information Professional, Nov-Dec 2018, ‘Coffee and Collaboration’ [teaching electronic resource strategies]
Additionally, I have authored 79 blogposts and 5 Newsletters in connection with the Claimed From Stationers’ Hall research project.
Institutional Repository: Pure. My profile:- https://tinyurl.com/KarenMcAulayPureInstRepository
Readers of this blog will recall that I spoke about training students in effective electronic resource research at the ARLGS (Academic and Research Libraries Group, Scotland) teach-meet a couple of weeks ago. In a timely confluence of meetings and publications, my article on the same topic has just been published in my professional association’s journal: ‘Coffee and Collaboration’ appears in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of Information Professional, published by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. I’m a chartered Fellow of CILIP, but I don’t think I’ve ever had more than a single-column news announcement in this journal before, so I’m quite pleased to have achieved this in my final decade before retirement!
Coincidentally, yesterday afternoon saw me arranging the second iteration of this information literacy training for early next year. And so the wheel comes full circle ….!