Concurrent Program Session

[Your Community Here]: Engaging Audiences and Artists with Local Digital Collections

Friday, April 8, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Colorado Convention Center, Room 109/111/113

Libraries are creating digital collections that forge new connections in their communities and amplify local creative work. We’ll share what we learned as we developed two online local music collections, Yahara Music Library and Capital City Records. From establishing goals to licensing local content to developing software to assessing success, this session will cover the key components of building a local digital project that nurtures community engagement and reflects your library’s values.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Be prepared to advocate for the development of innovative new digital local collections at their libraries using successful case studies and benchmarks. 2: Understand how local digital collections fit into larger library trends, including growing digital collections, engaging with creative communities, and open source technology. 3: Know the components involved in building digital collections of local creative work and have access to resources (like licenses, collection policies, and assessment strategies) that you can use as models in your library.

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Medium interaction: single speaker/panel with questions or audience participation throughout

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2   Download 3   Download 4   Download 5   Download 6   Download 7   Download 8  

Track: Invent

Tags: Collections/Tech Services, Emerging Technologies, Innovation, Local History, Special Collections, Transforming Libraries


Kelly Hiser, CEO and co-founder, Rabble
Rabble, Madison, WI

Kelly Hiser is co-founder and CEO of Rabble, a startup dedicated to empowering libraries to support and sustain their local creative communities. Kelly holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and embraces work at the intersections of arts, humanities, and the public good.

Alex Carruthers, Digital Public Spaces Librarian
Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, AB

Alex Carruthers is the Digital Public Spaces Librarian at Edmonton Public Library. She spends most of her time working on Capital City Records and promoting the release and use of open data. She tweets at @acecarruthers.

Guy Hankel, Reference Librarian
Madison Public Library, Madison, WI

Guy Hankel is a Reference Librarian at Madison Public Library, overseeing music collection development and acquisition.

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