Category Archives: Postdoctoral

Update: Claimed From Stationers Hall, Music Research

I’ve just written a summary, partly as a record for myself and my department, but also as a progress report for all the researchers and librarians that I’ve been talking to about my latest research project.  One year on, it felt like a good time to write a short summary of progress so far.  Read it here. (It’s on a separate page on this blog – see the tabs above.)

North to St Andrews?!

It would appear that the lady cataloguer who listed St Andrews University Library’s legal deposit music, was actually English!  (I’m not about to spill the beans yet, though.) I’ve had great fun finding what she borrowed – books as well as music – and I’ve even tracked down her immediate family.  But BEST of all, this morning, was finding another brother.  I just knew there had to be one.

And another surprise this morning was finding that, far from my initial perception that students didn’t borrow music, some borrowed an absolute mountain of music.  An incredible amount!  (Which means I’ll need to check whether they went on borrowing it after 1814, ho-hum.  Just when I thought I only needed to investigate the professors and their friends…)

Eventually, I will have a very full picture of what the staff and students at St Andrews thought of their music collection, in the early 19th century.  You’re in for a surprise!

Unashamedly Research

Not a blogpost about teaching and learning, or even about librarianship – just an update.

October 2012 – October 2015 I was seconded as 40% postdoctoral researcher to the AHRC-funded Bass Culture project, which resulted in the Historical Music of Scotland database at hms.scot

October 2015 – April 2016 my secondment continued to enable me to start a new research project of my own, Claimed from Stationers’ Hall, in which I’m investigating the post-deposit history of historic legal deposit music.

This was effectively a part-time sabbatical, and it’s been great – I have really got my teeth into this new area of research, visiting the collection at the University of St Andrews once a week and giving a paper about it at the IAML (UK and Ireland) Annual Study Weekend in Manchester a couple of weeks ago.  (I’m repeating it at Musica Scotica 2016, and I have more engagements lined up in St Andrews to share the story of their collection with anyone who’ll listen!)

April 2016 – July 2018.  My secondment has been extended, now for one day a week over 28 months.  I’m ecstatic! I really do feel this endorses me as a researcher, and I’m obviously going to keep working on grant applications, as well as delving more deeply into the St Andrews material now that I have more time in which to do it.  Not to mention other collections!

My name is Karen and I am a researcher …