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Thursday, April 18 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Amplifying Artists: Building Online Local Music Collections with Communities

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Library collections are more than static aggregations of materials - they are living documents of how communities learn, grow, and build value. Digital collections can narrow the lead time between an object's creation and distribution, and increase access to local creative work. How can libraries leverage these strengths to benefit local creators?

This panel examines several libraries’ use of the MUSICat platform to amplify the work of local musicians, channeling the DIY spirit to connect creative communities with passionate library users. We will explore the logistics of creating a collection, including workflows, licensing, marketing, launch, and developing a model for sustainability.


Shannon Crary

Senior Librarian, Collection Management Services, Hennepin County Library

Andrew Harbison

Assistant Director of Collections and Access, The Seattle Public Library

Jeff Radford

Librarian, Minneapolis Central
I'm a community engagement librarian and artist liaison for Hennepin County Library's MnSpin local music project.
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Kelly Hiser

CEO & Co-founder, Rabble
I'm co-founder and CEO of Rabble, a startup dedicated to empowering libraries to support and sustain their local creative communities. I hold a Ph.D. in music history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a historian I focus on gender, race, music, and technology; as an entrepreneur... Read More →

Thursday April 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Chicago Author's Room