Research Collecting!

Tim Padfield Copyright Flowchart
Tim Padfield Copyright Flowchart

I received 32 FULL responses back from my public online survey last week, I am so happy about this! 🙂

Thank you to everyone who helped me get closer to my MSc in Library and Information Studies.
My dissertation for my MSc is on the topic of music copyright, and the survey is now visited and I have downloaded my data in a lovely looking Excel sheet (and EPIC looking Pie Charts) for my Supervisor for Friday.

When I mention the area to an information professional or library worker, they do tend to make the noise of air flying out of a balloon extremely fast.

The topic is very complex and new rules and regulations are being updated constantly within the library work and laws in the U.K.

The reason I chose this topic was due to my love of the Open Access forum.
I believe everyone should be able to access information for free, on any topic that they are interested in.

BUT!

The person who takes the time and effort to come up with the idea for the paper, research, collect the data and publish it, has gone to huge amount of effort and should be recognized Right??! RIGHT??!! What about musical scores?

Some people, not all please don’t think I am saying everybody does it, think that this pretty musical score is up for the taking. They can photocopy the whole thing and not have to worry about copyright. The composer is dead, so it doesn’t effect anyone and no one gets hurt.

Just think about it, you fall in love with a piece you hear during a seminar or a class you have taken for your BMus/Music degree. You take time out of your day to go and find it in the library, and you take it home. Slowly but surely you manage to learn it and play it whenever the mood strikes. You bring it back to the library and photocopy the whole thing. (This is the, this is not okay part). So…. you stole it. You might not think you did, but that is exactly what you did.
Now you can go on about how you couldn’t afford it, how you really needed it, and how you shouldn’t have to justify it if the photocopier is right there.
If you want to work in field of music, academic, professionally or any other which way and you become a composer or performer who is trying to live off of the craft, future you had just been robbed by past you.

Think before you copy, music is the same as any other discipline, you need to dedicate your time to it.

If you would like to know if the musical score it out of copyright, please see the image, it is a handy guide to ensure you do not steal anything! If this is confusing, why not ask the librarian or library assistants to help you?

Adding some more letters….

My undergraduate degree is from University College Cork in Music. It took four years, but I am so happy to graduated from the same uni as my mum!

I moved to Scotland to attend Robert Gordon University, to add a few more letters after my name. I am currently in the research stage of my MSc Library and Information Studies dissertation and am getting to grips with online surveys.

When completing my undergraduate, I never even thought about doing one. My topic was on music education in primary school children and who different approaches create different outcomes for my children’s over-all education. (So I asked teachers face-to-face about it all)!

It is scary, I felt sick hitting the share button! My topic is music copyright implementation in an academic setting.

I have been working on the survey for far too long, I made it “live” last night and I have to say, I am so happy about the responses so far!

If you are working in the MLIS/Libraries/Information Assistant sector and would like to help me getting more letters, please see the survey here:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1898197/Music-Copyright-in-the-Library-Setting

If you are working, or have previously worked in the area YOU are who I am looking for. All opinions matter, it is important that I capture the positive with the negative so please feel free to give out as much as you like! (It is anonymous)!

I think I should create some hashtag thingy…… ah….. #helpjadegetmsc? *cringe*
Ok… how about… #musiccopyrightMLIS ???? Thoughts? ANYONE?????

Love Letters to the Library

This week at work we were asked to write a Love Letter to the Library for Book Week Scotland.

The event is running from 24th-30th November in Scottish libraries!

I have never written a love letter, or received one. (Don’t feel sorry for me, I probably would have laughed at the person who would have tried)!

There are so many things I love about libraries in general:

The free access.
The choice!
The stacks.
The smell of the books from the local studies department.
The amazement I still get when I see a really old book that is hand written about a topic.
The sense of community you can have, especially if you are far from home.
You can take home 10 books from the library I work in, not that I have time to read 10 in a month, but 10 whole books! (And four DVDs/CDs)!
The librarians and human contact that you can have, if you need help they will jump to assist you (in most libraries I frequent) and you feel like the topic has been opened up to your mind and refocused your efforts in the topic you are researching.
The ease of access when you need to look stuff up online and the IP address do their magic!
Sitting for hours upon hours reading a book that you can escape in and the silence which, sometimes, can be a blessing.

Working the library can have very different, but I still enjoy coming to work everyday.

As they say, you never work a day in your life if you love what you do!

If you would like more information about the events, please go to http://www.scottishbooktrust.com

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