What’s the Collective Noun for a number of Book Reviews?

My bookshelf seems to be loaded with books that I just “must read”, but I’ve only set myself the task of reviewing three of them.  The collective noun for a number of book reviews seems, therefore, to be somewhere between a shelf and a library!

With the deadline looming for our special issue of Brio, I’ve done two book reviews and contributed part of an article, so far.  That leaves one more book – sitting right here in front of me – and ultimately, perhaps contributing to the editorial.  Even as I write, other contributors are putting together their own contributions.  Exciting times!  It’s so good to know that one of the network’s major outputs is actually coming together in a very satisfactory way!


Book Reviews

Network members are enthusiastically typing away at the moment, as the deadline for our Brio special issue looms closer!  I’ve done a couple of book reviews, and have one more to tackle.  Today, I was thinking about matters as apparently disparate as copyright, romanticism, bootlegging and modern recording techniques.  Does that sound weird or intriguing to you?  I thought it was an excellent book – but you’ll have to wait until the next issue of Brio to read my review!!

Chapter in EFDSS Conference Proceedings

Dr Sue Allen has just alerted me to the very recent publication of the EFDSS conference proceedings we both contributed to. We each have a chapter in this great new folk song publication, from new publishing co-op The Ballad Partners. Only £12 plus p&p online from EFDSS Folk Shop:-

Old Songs, New Discoveries

  • Sue’s tweet gives pagination for the contents of the book, here.
  • Vaughan Williams Memorial Library catalogue entry here.
  • ISBN: 9781916142411.

So, suddenly there’s a new entry for our CFSH bibliography, too … 👍 (Now uploaded as the 7th Edition!)

  • McAulay, Karen, ‘National Airs in Georgian Libraries’, pp.104-114

History of Music Collections in Edinburgh University Library – 2 new articles!

Edinburgh University Library (Wikimedia Commons image)

Readers of Brio (the professional journal of IAML UK and Ireland) will already have read the two-part contribution by Alastair Macdonald and Elizabeth Quarmby-Lawrence, which appeared in Autumn/Winter 2018 and Spring/Summer 2019.  However, if you don’t subscribe or have access to that august journal, you might not have seen them. They’re a major contribution to the field, so it’s important that they’re publicised! And yes, they’ve been added to the Claimed From Stationers’ Hall network bibliography on the present website, too.

  • Alastair Macdonald and Elizabeth Quarmby-Lawrence, ‘From General Reid to DCRM(M): Cataloguing the Music Collections of Edinburgh University Library. Part 1, The Early Reid Professors and the First Catalogues, 1807-1941’, Brio, 55.2 (2018), 27–49
  • Alistair Macdonald and Elizabeth Quarmby-Lawrence, ‘From General Reid to DCRM(M): Cataloguing the Music Collections of Edinburgh University Library. Part 2, Professional Librarians and Automation, 1947-2019.’, Brio, 56.1 (2019), 62–83.





Guest Issue of Brio (IAML UK & Ireland) guidelines for contributors

Woohoo! It’s deadline time.  As you know, we’re contributing a special issue of Brio for IAML (UK and Ireland) on the Claimed From Stationers’ Hall theme.  We agreed to have all writings completed by the end of August, and contributors up and down the UK and Ireland have been – and are – eagerly scribbling their considered thoughts on different aspects of the topic.

Brio does have a very general set of guidelines for contributors, but when it comes to referencing, the main requirement is to be clear and consistent within each article.  Here’s a pdf of the guidelines, along with a quick screenshot of the first footnotes in the article on Edinburgh University Library’s music collections, already contributed by Alasdair Macdonald and Elizabeth Quarmby-Lawrence, Vol.55 no.2  (‘From General Reid to DCRM(M): Cataloguing the music collections of Edinburgh University Library, Part 1, The early Reid Professors and the first catalogues, 1807-1941)’, 27-49.

If the pdf doesn’t open for you, please let me know!

If you’re reading this but you’re not (yet) a member of IAML, then you might like to know more about us.

Sharing News: Early Music Monographs Digitized

This is a piece of news that I received via IAML (International Association of Music Libraries) and the MLA (the Music Library Association, an  American organisation).  Copying and pasting shamelessly, because this is news that’s bursting to get out, I offer you this exciting snippet:-

The Music Division of the Library of Congress has launched a new site with scans of approximately 2,000 books on music published before 1800.  The scans were made from microfilmed versions of the books.


Karen C. Lund is the Digital Project Coordinator for the Music Division.