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RBSCG Annual Study Conference - The Library As Classroom

The RBSCG Annual Study Conference will be held at Downing College, the University of Cambridge, from 5th-7th September 2018.
Delegates are invited to hear speakers from across the country discuss using special collections for teaching across all library environments. Confirmed speakers include Dr Jessica Gardner (University of Cambridge), Siobhan Britton (University of Brighton), Sarah Mahurter (University of the Arts London), Dr Tabitha Tuckett (University College London), Sally Stafford (University of Cambridge), Professor Simon Eliot (London Rare Book School), Dr Niveen Kassem (Newcastle University), Jason Scott-Warren and Andrew Zurcher (Centre for Material Texts), Tracy Deakin (St. John's College), Anna Lobbenberg (The British Library), Rachel Sinfield (Fitzwilliam Museum) and Dr Robin Brooke-Smith (Shrewsbury School) .
Visits will also be organised to the University Library and selected Cambridge colleges.

Please follow the links below for more information.

Complete Programme

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Bursary Information


CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group (RBSCG) is pleased to be able to offer training on the cataloguing of rare music. 

Date: Monday, 4 June 2018

Time: 10am – 4.30pm

Venue: The British Library

Cost: £50 (+ VAT) for CILIP members / £60 (+ VAT) for non-members 

When is a sinfonia not a symphony? What is a trio sonata? When was this piece of music published?

This rare materials training day will introduce participants to issues specific to music publications, in the context of RDA (Resource Description & Access) and DCRM(M) – Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Music). You will be shown how to recognise and describe: 

·         different score formats

·         types of notation

·         medium of performance

·         musical genres and forms

 There will also be guidance on:

 ·         production methods, publishers' plate numbers, and ways of dating music publications

·         the MARC music format and the use of MARC tags for describing music

·         when and how to create music preferred titles 

The training is intended for those new to music or early music cataloguing but with some experience of AACR2 and/or RDA. The trainers will be the British Library’s Caroline Shaw (Music Cataloguing Team Manager) and Iris O’Brien (Early Printed Collections Cataloguing Team Manager).

Tea and coffee will be provided but attendees will need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

To book your place please contact Tim Pye (, quoting your CILIP membership number (if applicable) and providing an invoicing address.





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