Local Music in Cultural Heritage Institutions: Research from the Sounds of Home Project

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  • Presentation as part of a panel at the 2019 Music Library Association Conference in St. Louis, MO: "Start local, broadcast global: building connections with local music collections."
    Panel abstract provided below: Local music collections inform national histories, represent the musical diversity of our communities, and provide evidence of musical and social developments. This presentation discusses efforts to connect local music collections beyond the walls of the library – through outreach, marketing, research, and online platforms - and invites consideration of their significance to regional, national and international audiences.

    Sara Outhier (University of North Texas) discusses the Local / Independent Music Initiative of Texas (LIMIT), an ongoing initiative to collect, preserve, and provide access to music that originates from Texas with an emphasis on music from the Dallas-Fort Worth-Denton metropolitan area. LIMIT brings together Texas music from all genres and time periods, both commercially released and unreleased. Now entering its third year, LIMIT is transitioning from the exploratory phase to actively seeking donors and collaborators. This presentation will focus on methods for connecting with donors and the local community through marketing, outreach, and programming and the next steps for LIMIT.

    Sean Luyk (University of Alberta) gives a summary and analysis of the findings of an online questionnaire, which was distributed to local music collectors in public, academic, and special libraries across Canada in spring 2018. The results provide a comprehensive look at how libraries are currently making decisions about collection development, access, preservation, outreach and marketing when managing local music collections. The survey results also provide a detailed picture of what types of music cultures are being preserved and how local music collections are distributed in Canada.

    Carolyn Doi (University of Saskatchewan) presents recent work to develop visualization tools to represent local music collections from cultural heritage intuitions. This project uses a dataset built with existing locational data of local music collections and also explores methods for collective data gathering using a crowdsourcing model and online interactive environment for data exploration. Presenting data in this format gives the public an intuitive channel to discover and understand local music collections, provides LIS professionals with a growing directory of others working with local music materials, and researchers a view into concentrations and distribution of source materials.

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