Guest Speaker: Karen McAulay

By Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature | Posted: Tuesday October 3, 2017

Creative Cities Southern Hui warmly welcomes KAREN McAULAY as guest speaker. Karen will be speaking at Centre for the Book: Books and Users on Wednesday 29th November.

‘Thanks to a successful funding application, I am looking forward to meeting everyone involved in the Creative Cities Southern Hui!’

Dr Karen McAulay occupies a dual role as a performing arts librarian and postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Her University of Glasgow PhD thesis (2009) was subsequently published in augmented form as a book, Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era, by Ashgate in 2013.

Between 2012-15, Karen was Postdoctoral Researcher to a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council project on historic Scottish fiddle music with the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge, contributing bibliographical and musicological data to the Historical Music of Scotland website.

She subsequently commenced research into the University of St Andrews’ historical Copyright Music Collection, and earlier this year was awarded a networking grant by the AHRC for 14 months, to extend this research to the other UK legal deposit libraries pre-1836.

Karen’s interest lies not only in the publication and survival patterns of this vast repertoire, but also the attitudes of the late Georgian libraries to the steady stream of music coming from Stationers’ Hall, and the remarkable use made of it in at least one of the libraries.

‘The UK-wide story of this music is so far-reaching that its full extent can only be fathomed by collaboration with other librarians, scholars and musicians, which makes the present project so significant’.

The project can be followed here on Twitter @ClaimedStatHall, or on Facebook.

Karen holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and holds a Personal Achievement Award from the UK & Ireland branch of the International Association of Music Libraries.

She recently graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Arts Education, also attaining Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. She has spoken and published widely on music librarianship, Scottish music, research and study skills, bibliography and using electronic resources.
Find Karen’s research profile here.
Follow Karen on Twitter @Karenmca.

The title of Karen’s presentation is 19th-Century Scottish Music Scores.

The University of Otago’s Centre for the Book: Books and Users symposium, on Wednesday 29th November, explores the many ways we interact with the ubiquitous object we call the book, and probes the meaning of ‘user’.

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