October 28-30 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

C304 - Engaging the Local Musician Community Online: Playing in the Band

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
DeAnza I & II (Portola)
David Dodd, Collections Manager, Sonoma County Library
Diane Cowen, Virtual Services Librarian, Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Two public libraries have both undertaken projects to connect with their communities through music. Building from their Local Author Community database, which profiles Sonoma County authors, past and present, and links to and sometimes hosts their work, the Library has launched a similar effort to feature local musicians and musical groups—again, past and present. The Santa Cruz Public Library has begun a project to feature streaming music by local musicians. Speakers discuss the process of contacting musicians, making their work available online, and the philosophical implications of promoting local arts via the Library. They share how these projects foster and disseminate local identity, position the library as a discovery tool for local culture, and have the potential to impact economic development in the musical arts.

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