In these challenging times we are all adjusting to working and studying from home. Despite the obvious frustration of having no access to our physical collections that traditionally form a very significant part of music tripos reading lists, or to our rare and unique but not yet digitized items, it’s important to focus on what we can do. The answer of course lies in the world of electronic resources.
The Pendlebury Library has a policy of purchasing ebooks wherever we can for reading list titles that in their printed manifestation tend to be short loan items, so we have a good base to start from. Over the past weeks we have carefully checked to what extent we can expand on this core collection of reading. Together with journal articles that are predominantly on offer online we can offer access to some very relevant content.
This might also be a good time to reflect more widely on the eresources available at Cambridge. The Music LibGuide lists a selection of free and subscription resources. Some of those we have talked about before, such as Digital Resources for Musicology and RISM. The library subscribes to quite a few major resources for musicological research, but by no means all. Publishers have been very generously opening up their content during the current emergency and there are some excellent resources to explore. This provides us with the opportunity to evaluate the content in the context of teaching and research at the university. It will not be possible for us to continue providing access to all of these long term, but gathering evidence of what would be of greatest value is a crucial first step in trying to obtain longer term funding for those that are most relevant. So please do let us know what you think of the various temporary resources on offer.
For music you will find resources providing additional ebook titles, access to encyclopedias, periodicals and notated music. A wide range of music subjects and repertoire is covered and we have highlighted some resources of particular interest to music in our Music LibGuide under the new and temporary resources tab. If you would like the library team to help you find out what is most relevant, please do get in touch. We can offer online chats and are monitoring email as usual.