Thursday, 27 December 2012

Writing written

I encountered Rohan Maitzen's impressive blog for the first time this afternoon: www.openlettersmonthly.com.  It's set out with different sections for writings on academia, novel-reading, and much more - and it's a very attractive website to boot.  But what made me sit up today was the most recent posting, on Rohan's written output this year.  Oh, wow!

A few weeks ago I had cause to check back over my 2011 output, and found to my chagrin that I had nothing suitable for the Library and Information History Group essay competition.  (I'm hopeful that maybe I might have something for next year's competition.)  Moreover, I thought maybe it was worth looking at my written output for 2012, bearing in mind that I'm a librarian recently partially seconded to a postdoc position, and not a full-time academic.  I'm not even looking to change jobs, but how would it come across to a future employer, bearing in mind I would have to have a scholarly profile if something extraordinary did come along?

In 2012, I published three book reviews and two scholarly articles, with a book and another scholarly article pending in the first quarter of 2013.  (Another two articles have been submitted for peer-review.)  I've also made four contributions to the Times Higher Education 'What are you Reading?' column, and contributed postings to the Journal of Victorian Culture Online, and the librarianship online journal, Sunrise (CILIP East of England & CDG), for continuing professional development. 

Talking of CPD, I've followed the 23 Things programme right through, with a blogpost on just about every 'thing', on my Airs and Graces: the Muso's CPD blog.  

Actually, I've blogged much more than that, because I've also kept this blog going - True Imaginary Friends, about my journey to becoming a published book author - and the Whittaker Library blog, Whittaker Live, which is the longest-established of my blogs.  (There are a couple more, but I visit them very infrequently.)

On reflection, I realise I've actually written much more than I realised, and it's a fair reflection of my dual identity as music librarian and musicologist.  But I'm still hopeful that 2013 will be even better still.  Watch this space! 
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Writing written 2012: Book Reviews
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  1. Eighteenth Century Scotland 26 (Spring 2012), 30, Review of Blind Ossian’s Fingal: Fragments and Controversy, compiled and translated by James Macpherson, ed. and introduced by Allan Burnett and Linda Andersson Burnett (Edinburgh: Luath, 2011) 
  2. Fontes  Vol.59 no.1 (2012), 67-69, Review of The Music Trade in Georgian England, ed. Michael Kassler (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011) 
  3. Library Review 61.6 (2012), 470, Review of Peter Willis, Chopin in Manchester (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Elysium Press Publishers, 2011) 
  4. Times Higher Education. What are you reading? 4 contributions to this column in 2012. 
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Journal articles
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  1. Brio 49 no.1 (2012), 49-60, ‘Crowdsourcing the Celtic Bard: Wandering Minstrels and Mournful Harps from the Western Isles to Wales’ 
  2. Fontes Vol.59 no.1 (2012), 25-38, ‘Minstrels of the Celtic Nations: Metaphors in Early Nineteenth-Century Celtic Song Collections’ 
  3. Journal of Victorian Culture Online October 30, 2012, ‘Just another old book of Scottish Tunes?’ 
  4. Sunrise (CILIP East of England & CDG) 2012 issue 1, 2-3, ‘SocialMedia in Libraries: Me and My Cyber Presence’
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Pending
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  1. Article accepted 
  2. Book: Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era: Ashgate for publication March 2013. 


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