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Sociology is First Contributor to Library's New Institutionally Authored Collection

Lisa McCormick's New Book is First Donation to Collection

Dominic TateScholarly Communications Manager, writes:

'The Scholarly Communications Team estimates that staff at the University of Edinburgh write, edit or contribute to over 500 books annually and the Library aspires to hold two copies of each of these books (one for general loan, one for preservation). 

Performing Civility

In light of this aspiration, Edinburgh University Library has developed a policy relating to the acquisition of institutionally authored books, which encourages staff to donate two copies to the library, wherever this is possible.

Today we received our first donations under this policy, Performing Civility by Dr Lisa McCormick.  Lisa generously sent two copies to the Scholarly Communications Team, which has checked that there is a record of the research output on PURE.  The print copies have now been sent for cataloguing and should be available very shortly.

Congratulations to Lisa, firstly on her publication and secondly for being the first to donate copies of books under this new policy!'


Call for Contributions: Institutionally authored books

Library collections policy for books written and edited by University of Edinburgh staff.

University of Edinburgh staff write, edit or contribute to over 500 printed books annually. These include monographs, editions of other works and collections of essays or conference papers. All new research outputs should be recorded in the PURE system for the purposes of research assessment and reporting exercises.

Although these monographs represent a major part of the University’s research output, these monographs are not yet systematically acquired by the University Library.

Edinburgh University Library aspires to hold two copies of all monographs edited or authored (in full or in part) by University of Edinburgh staff. The first copy will be placed in the appropriate library for general lending. The second copy will be held by Special Collections to preserve the long-term record of staff Research Publications. This will guarantee that a copy is available in case of selection of that publication for inclusion in the next REF.

Staff are encouraged to send two copies of print monographs to the Scholarly Communications Team, who will first ensure that bibliographic details are included in PURE, then place once copy on general loan and another in Special Collections.

To submit a monograph to the library, please email the Scholarly Communications Team detailing your contribution to the work (editor, author etc.), and place two copies in the internal mail to address below, clearly marked for the attention of the Scholarly Communications Team.


About the book

Performing Civility: International Competitions in Classical Music (Cambridge University Press) by Lisa McCormick

Although competitions in classical music have a long history, the number of contests has risen dramatically since the Second World War, all of them aiming to launch young artists' careers. This is not the symptom of marketization that it might appear to be. Despite the establishment of an international governing body, competitions are plagued by rumors of corruption, and even the most mathematically sophisticated voting system cannot quell accusations that the best talent is overlooked. Why do musicians take part? Why do audiences care so much about who wins? Performing Civility is the first book to address these questions. In this groundbreaking study, Lisa McCormick draws from firsthand observations of contests in Europe and the US, in-depth interviews with competitors, jurors and directors, as well as blog data from competition observers to argue that competitions have endured because they are not only about music, they are also about civility.

"Offering a peek into the fascinating world of international classical music competitions, Lisa McCormick's Performing Civility highlights the sociological tension between combat and civility. A rich, masterful study of performing, judging, and listening. Bravo!"
Eviatar Zerubavel, Rutgers University

"Music competitions, as Lisa McCormick shows us in this very clever book, place music and civility in contradiction. This contradiction gets played out as judges, musicians and audiences are converted into publics engaged in debate over what should count as talent, beauty, and perfection. Performing Civility will be of interest to cultural sociologists, political scientists, musicians, and anyone who aspires to be a member of civil society, musically conceived."
Tia DeNora, Exeter University

Click here to order a copy of the book 

Lisa McCormick