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New Librarian for Cecil Sharp House

29 Jul 14 - 08:59 AM (#3646273)
Subject: New Librarian for Cecil Sharp House
From: Vic Smith

Press Release today from EFDSS Information Officer -

National folk arts library and archive appoints new Director



Laura Smyth takes over as Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library

Laura Smyth has been appointed as the new Director of the English Folk Dance and Song Society's (EFDSS) national folk music and dance library and archive, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML).



Laura takes over the role at the VWML, which is based at Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London, on 1 August. She replaces Malcolm Taylor OBE, who stepped down after almost 35 years as Library and Archive Director.



The VWML was founded in 1930 as the Cecil Sharp Library and originally housed Cecil Sharp's personal book collection. It is now a multi-media library of distinction, containing books, pamphlets, periodicals, press cuttings, broadsides, paintings, photographs, slides, artefacts, records, reel-to-reel tapes, phonograph cylinders, videos, cine films, compact discs, audio cassettes and more.



It was renamed as the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library on the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams to honour his role as President of EFDSS.



In recent years, the library and archive has been opened up to a whole new international audience, thanks to the development of The Full English, the world's largest online free digital archive of early 20th century English folk arts manuscripts, including 19 major collections.



About Laura Smyth


Laura holds a first class degree with honours in Business Enterprise, and a Postgraduate Diploma with distinction in Library and Information Management. She joined EFDSS as Librarian in 2011 from Stockport Libraries.

She has a keen interest in traditional music and performs regularly at folk clubs in a duo with her partner Ted Kemp. They are releasing their first EP The Charcoal Black and The Bonny Grey, this September.

Laura also dances and plays for a female rapper team, Tower Ravens, and plays with ceilidh band, The Spring Heeled Jacks.

She said: "To be able to marry my passion for traditional music and dance with my job is a dream come true. I am excited to be taking the position of Library and Archive Director and intend to continue Malcolm's good work making the library resources accessible to users across the world and helping people to engage with their heritage and culture."

Katy Spicer, Chief Executive of EFDSS, said: "The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) are delighted that Laura is our new Library and Archive Director.

"She has been an excellent member of the Library and Archive team for the past three years and instrumental in developing policy and practice at what has been a pivotal time for the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML).

"We know she will build on Malcolm's legacy and implement her own exciting ideas to ensure the library and archive remains as accessible as possible and keep folk traditions and the history within the collections alive for future generations."


29 Jul 14 - 09:01 AM (#3646274)
Subject: RE: New Librarian for Cecil Sharp House
From: Vic Smith

I am sure that we all wish Laura well. She has a very tough job following Malcolm's footsteps.


29 Jul 14 - 09:55 AM (#3646286)
Subject: RE: New Librarian for Cecil Sharp House
From: Les in Chorlton

Is that the Laura Smyth who used to come down the Beech with that Ted Kemp and sing dead good songs and play dead good tunes with The Beech Band?

I believe it is! Well done Laura - can you steal some books of old songs for us?

Best of luck from all your friends in The Beech Band - now playing in the Dulcimer


29 Jul 14 - 10:03 AM (#3646290)
Subject: RE: New Librarian for Cecil Sharp House
From: Les in Chorlton

Just a small sample of her many talents


29 Jul 14 - 01:26 PM (#3646364)
Subject: RE: New Librarian for Cecil Sharp House
From: Steve Gardham

As a longstanding member of EFDSS and serial library user I am sorry to see Malcolm go, but I can't think of anyone better to replace him.


29 Jul 14 - 02:56 PM (#3646389)
Subject: RE: New Librarian for Cecil Sharp House
From: RoyH (Burl)

Malcolm, Thanks for all your work atthe Library over the years. I wish you success and happiness in whatever path you take from now on. Chers, Roy Harris


29 Jul 14 - 03:21 PM (#3646394)
Subject: RE: New Librarian for Cecil Sharp House
From: GUEST,bigJ

Seconded Roy - snd Malcolm, enjoy your time in Singapore.
John


29 Jul 14 - 05:44 PM (#3646421)
Subject: RE: New Librarian for Cecil Sharp House
From: Brian Peters

Malcolm will of course be a difficult act to follow, but I'm really pleased that Laura has been appointed.


30 Jul 14 - 07:15 AM (#3646546)
Subject: RE: New Librarian for Cecil Sharp House
From: RoyH (Burl)

The Library is a national asset, not only a Society one. It's upkeep and maintenance are vitally important. It's good to know that it passes into further good hands. Much success to you tooLaura. ROY