"But I've come here to study the piano":

"But I've come here to study the piano":

BUT IVE COME HERE TO STUDY THE PIANO: The challenges of Information Literacy in a conservatoire environment Geoff Thomason Royal Northern College of Music Look, no beard!

- Training in information skills was initially optional - Usually part of non-credit bearing Study Skills courses - Library input always had to fit round what was already in place - The format of the courses frequently changed - Courses only covered Years 1 and 2 of a four-year course - Lack of reinforcement by tutors of the importance of information skills - Cultural resistance to the relevance of new technology - The Millennial paradox

Learning outcomes Responsibility Dissemination Year 1 Using the online catalogue Library

Seminars / online guide? Athens access Library Seminars / online guide? Bibliographic terminology Tutors / Library Lectures / Moodle Referencing Tutors Lectures / seminars / Moodle

Compiling a bibliography Tutors / Library Lectures / seminars Using reading lists Tutors Lectures Online resources : Oxford JSTOR Discovery Library Seminars

Essay writing skills Tutors Seminars / tutorials / Moodle Critical reading Tutors Lectures / tutorials Copyright Library Lecture / Moodle / online guide?

Learning outcomes Responsibility Dissemination Year 2 Online resources: Music Index Gramophone AV resources Library

Seminars / online guide? Print resources: Thematic catalogues Subject bibliographies Facsimiles Library Seminars Qualitative assessment of resources Comparative editions Tutors / Library Seminars Critical listening

Tutors Lectures / seminars / Moodle Learning outcomes Responsibility Dissemination Year 3

Online resources: RILM RISM Dissertation abstracts Library Seminars / online guide? Print resources: Gesamtausgaben Denkmler Tutors / Library Seminars / online guide? Refresher session(s) on Y1 & 2

Library Tutorials but would aim to have core issues covered by Moodle / online guides Elective-specific research Tutors / Library Seminars / tutorials Learning outcomes Year 4

Responsibility Dissemination Using archival resources: Primary and secondary narratives Library / Archives Seminars Online archival resources: Newspapers Programmes Letters Library

Seminars Referencing archival resources Tutors / Library Lectures / seminars Elective-specific research Tutors / Library Seminars / tutorials - Dont be afraid to seek outside help - Tailor your teaching to specific academic

assignments - Introduce performance into your teaching - Sell your institutions unique resources - Build your unique resources into academic assignments - Talk to programming and marketing departments - Put on exhibitions

- Take advantage of special events - Perform your unique collections S n a k e

s and L a d d e r

s Simple YES / NO answers to questions that prompt staff to explain in more detail if necessary Courtesy of Linda Moses-Allison, University of Cumbria

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