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Professional Engagement – Part of my Identity!

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Conference badge (Library Camp Glasgow)

The past month has been something of a whirlwind!  I’ve been to four conferences, been to a seminar, convened a plenary, had a couple of pieces published in the IAML(UK and Ireland) Newsletter, and done the blogposts you see here.  What I haven’t done is update my CPD record on my professional association’s virtual learning network.  Not that I haven’t done any CPD (as you see, I’ve done plenty!), but because I’ve had no time to do the updating!

  • 20-21 October: Understanding Scotland Musically, AHRC-funded conference at the University of Newcastle.  I gave a paper: ‘Wynds, Vennels and Dual Carriageways: the Changing Nature of Scottish Music’.  Subsequently invited to submit abstract for proposed book.
  • 25 October (Saturday): Musical Life outside London, 1500-1800, University of Newcastle.
  • 29 October: Seminar at the University of St Andrews (as invited guest, not speaker).
  • 6 November: Convened SALCTG Plenary at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Glasgow Mitchell Library8 November (Saturday): Library Camp Glasgow, Mitchell Library.  Gave presentation, ‘Do you Practise what you Preach?’, and one-minute rant, ‘Diigo and Me’.
  • 11 November,  IAML (UK and Ireland) Newsletter: no.69, 2014, pp.14-16,  ‘Raising the Bar: a Targeted User Education Policy’; also my report of the IAML Conference in Antwerp this July: ‘Ian Ledsham Bursary Recipient Report, pp. 4-7.
  • 13-15 November: ELIA Biennial Conference (European League of Institutes of the Arts, at the Royal Concert Hall.NeuNow2014 henhouse exhibit

Clearly, I need to sit down and read through the notes and tweeted observations I made at this week’s big conference, not to mention updating my CV with the presentations I gave, and so on.  Right now my brain feels a bit like your stomach feels after Christmas dinner.  Lots of good stuff to digest, but in danger of indigestion!

The RMA Presentation

The Glasgow end of the Bass Culture Research Project is doing a presentation for this week’s Royal Musical Association meeting at Glasgow Uni.  After the team-leader introduces the project, we’re each talking for ten minutes about an aspect of the project that we find interesting.  This is presenting, not teaching – it can be attended by RMA members or staff and students at the University, but it’s not part of a curriculum.

I’m puzzled, now.  The format is essentially, a progress report focusing on the interesting bits.  I don’t need anything written down apart from key names and dates.  Discussion may well arise after we’ve each presented.  But I can’t see a way of making an individual progress report anything other than me, talking.  Really not a flipped classroom opportunity!