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Karen McAulay

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
Performing Arts Librarian/Postdoctoral Researcher
I occupy a dual role as a Performing Arts Librarian and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. My doctoral thesis (University of Glasgow, 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 (2013). I write extensively; my most recent publication was a chapter contributed to the Routledge essay collection, Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk Tradition and Policy (2018).
I've been a postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded ‘Bass Culture’ project (2012-2015), and am currently Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded research network, ‘Claimed From Stationers’ Hall’ (2017-2018), exploring early legal deposit music collections around the UK. My research interests include the history of collecting and collections, book and library history, cultural history, women in music in the Georgian era, and of course, musicology with a Georgian and Victorian focus. I exploit social media for academic purposes.

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship, am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and hold a Personal Achievement Award from IAML (UK & Ireland). I also have a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Arts Education, and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.