Representation of women composers in the library

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REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN COMPOSERS IN THE LIBRARY. For several years, I have been endeavouring to increase the Whittaker Library’s stock of music by women composers, and scholarly literature not only by but also about women composers. As a small library in a small specialist institution, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, resources are not limitless, but it has been possible to make this project one of our priority areas. I shall outline the measures taken to build up stock in this area, alongside building a dedicated page on the library’s portal. Running alongside this, there has been similar drive to improve representation of music by composers of colour. Over and above all this, a colleague has been working with some of our academic colleagues in terms of EDI in course reading lists, as I shall also describe. Recognising the limitations not only of budgets, but also the comparative availability of materials by and about women only a few short decades ago – not to mention historically – my presentation will hopefully provide food for thought, underlining the importance of close collaboration between the library and academic colleagues.

Bibliographic note

Paper has been accepted for special issue on Breaking the Gender Bias in Academia and Academic practice for Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (JPAAP)


Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 8 Mar 2022
EventInternational Women's Day 2022: Learning & Teaching Academy, University of the Highlands & Islands - Online
Duration: 8 Mar 20228 May 2022


ConferenceInternational Women's Day 2022
Abbreviated titleIWD 2022

Author keywords

  • women composers, Libraries, Librarianship