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Karen has curated music materials at RCS since 1988, initially as Music and Academic Services Librarian and since 2017 as Performing Arts Librarian. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
Karen graduated with a PhD in Music from the University of Glasgow in 2009. Her book, Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era, was published by Ashgate in March 2013.
From October 2012-15, she was seconded as part-time postdoctoral researcher to the Bass Culture project looking at accompaniments in Scottish fiddle music, an AHRC-funded project spearheaded by Glasgow University. Between October 2015-April 2016, Karen was awarded an Athenaeum Award by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, enabling her to commence part-time research on her new project into the Stationers’ Hall music collection at the University of St Andrews, and her research role has since been extended until August 2018.
Karen lectures on Scottish music, research and bibliographic skills, and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education.
Karen has co-organised Musica Scotica conferences; and is a keen advocate of networking in connection with research and career opportunities; she can be found on Twitter as @karenmca.
Karen’s research interest has always been in the transmission of repertoires, in various musicological subjects – plainsong and mediaeval polyphony, 18th-19th century Scottish song collecting, historic Scottish dance music publications and now early legal deposit music in British libraries. At the University of St Andrews’ research library facility in Martyrs’ Kirk, Karen has been looking at the decisions the University professors took with regard to the copyright music, and the way it was subsequently used by professors, their families and friends. Key findings identify what was most popular, who used it most, and who catalogued it.
Karen has recently started work on a successful AHRC Networking grant, aimed at widening research into historic British legal deposit music. She has already made significant steps in her research into the collection at the University of St Andrews, and has now created a network to look at the other collections in similar depth, not just along similar lines but also to explore other dimensions that might open up interesting research in due course. A network workshop took place in March 2018. The ‘Claimed from Stationers’ Hall’ network blog is at Claimedfromstationershall.wordpress.com/, and can be followed on Twitter @ClaimedStatHall
- Recent Publications
Wynds, vennels and dual carriageways: the changing nature of Scottish music / McAulay, K. 22 Feb 2018 Understanding Scotland musically: folk, tradition and policy. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 230-239 10 p.
Legal Deposit (Copyright Behind the Scenes) – and Scores of Musical Scores / McAulay, K. 20 Feb 2018 5 p.UK Copyright Literacy
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- 18th century, 19th century
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- Book History, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Material Culture