Category Archives: Research dissemination

2020 Vision – a wide perspective

Maybe I should call it 360-degree vision.  I seem to be looking in several directions all at once.

I contributed to a Music Graduate Careers website earlier last year.  It’s curated by a scholar from the University of Northumbria, and it went live this week.  Interesting to see the very many paths a music degree can take you!

What else? I’ve been invited to participate in an AHTV event coordinated for AHRC grant-holders, looking at ways researchers can get involved in television.  This is an exciting opportunity, and I’m looking forward to it immensely.

I’m awaiting the outcome of a grant application that I submitted at the very beginning of November – a few more weeks to wait yet, so I just have to be patient! – and I have another idea for a big grant application, but that still requires a bit more work before we can upload it as a formal submission.

All the above is exciting stuff, but some further developments have been rather more unexpected.  Last November, my solo flute composition was performed by a doctoral student at the London College of music, with another performance expected this year.  And yesterday, I was in touch with a folklore expert on the Isle of Wight (he curates https://www.thesacredisle.uk/), who has accepted for broadcast two SoundCloud recordings of a couple of my song compositions, performed by a librarian soprano of my acquaintance.  (Librarian soprano? Soprano librarian?  We know each other because we’re librarians, AND because of a shared musical interest.  You know what I mean, anyway!)  Suffice to say, these songs will  be broadcast on an Isle of Wight folklore programme that this expert is curating.  (They’ll be available online, which is just as well, because it could be difficult trying to tune in by radio from Glasgow!)

I have conflicted feelings about my compositional activities.  Surrounded by “real composers”, I suffer severely from imposter syndrome in this regard.  And yet, whilst I’m not a professional composer, I do appear to be a composer of some sort!  I can only say, watch this space …

Knowledge Exchange: a Busy Week

“Join us on the afternoon of Tuesday the 20th of November to share best practice in teaching and training with other information professionals. You’ll hear from a range of speakers about their experiences and innovations in teaching, training, and delivering information skills in academic libraries, with the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussion. Refreshments will be provided.”

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Glasgow University Library (image from Copac website)

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW – SCOTTISH LIBRARIANS

This week, I attended a TeachMeet at the University of Glasgow, organised by ARLGS (Academic and Research Libraries Group Scotland).  One of eight speakers, I spoke about the very successful two-part seminar that I and a teaching colleague ran for third year B.Ed students last session, contrasting it with a slightly less successful Mendeley installation session a couple of weeks ago!  (The Mendeley demo went fine – it was installing it onto a myriad of different devices and operating systems, during a seminar in a tiered lecture theatre, that was the problem …!)

There were plenty of new and innovative ideas at the teachmeet – ways to teach students about referencing, literature reviews and similar topics – an afternoon well-spent.  I must remember to go through my notes, as I always remember more if I revisit what I’ve written.

SORBONNE, PARIS – MUSICOLOGY RESEARCH

I returned to my desk to find an invitation to speak at a seminar at the Sorbonne in Paris next May, this time about one of my research interests – I shall have to go back to my notes and see what more I can add to the information that appeared in my thesis and subsequent book!

ICELAND UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LIBRARIANS

And then this morning, it was my turn to exchange knowledge with visiting librarians from Iceland University of the Arts – as always we found much in common, although it was also interesting to spot the differences in provision, too.

Suddenly, here we are at the end of the week again.  It has been a busy one!

Podcast Your Research?

Flushed with anticipated success, I blogged for the library about disseminating your research via social media.  I’ll reproduce it here (after all, they’re my words!)  This afternoon, I’m meeting up with our learning technologist for a personal tutorial in devising podcasts and related formats, so I’ll probably have more to add to this later!  I have two reasons for needing to know – disseminating my own research, and sharing “how-to” videos etc for people using our library resources.

We’ve just found a great blog post on the LSE Impact Blog, about the benefits of disseminating your research using social media – and, specifically, by using podcasts.

Podcasting is like broadcasting, over the internet.  It tends to mean an audio recording, and means your research can potentially reach a much wider audience.  Have a look at this!

There’s a book, Communicating Your Research By Social Media, which looks really interesting, but we’ll get that later on this year.  For now, read the LSE Impact Blog and see if it sets you thinking!

  • What could you podcast about?
  • Or would you use a blog (with or without video)?
  • Or a powerpoint (ditto)
  • Or a powerpoint with voiceover?
  • What technical expertise would you need?
  • Would it be worth learning these skills?  (Rhetorical question!)