Representation of Women Composers in the Whittaker Library
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The Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has been making a concerted effort to improve the equality and diversity of our stock for some time. In this paper, I begin by outlining my own efforts to increase the Whittaker Library’sstock 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 thisproject one of our priority areas. I describe the measures taken to build up stock in this area, alongside building a dedicated page on the library’s portal. Running alongside this, I have made a similar drive to improve representation of music by composers of colour. Over and above all this, we have increased our social media activity; meanwhile, another colleague; has been working with some of our academic colleagues in terms of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in course reading lists, as I shall also describe; and a third has been working on EDI in the drama collection. 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 –I aim to provide food for thought, underlining the importance of close collaboration between the library and academic colleagues.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice|
|Publication status||Published or Performed - 22 Feb 2023|
- Women, Composers, Composers of Colour, BIPOC Composers, Equality, Diversity, Libraries