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The SoundSwell project was supported in part the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the
provisions of the Libr...
What is SoundSwell?
• Downloadable
Database
• Discovery &
Access Tool
• Historical
Archive
• Arts Identity
• Active Music Scene
• Variety of Genres

The Great Morgani photo courtesy of Sara Stasi
Santa Cruz Arts Master Plan
• Visual Arts Bias
• Event Based Musical
Promotions
• Musical Genre Bias
Music Community Faces Challenges
• Need a Discovery Tool
• Compensation &
Copyright
• Small Venue Activity
• Large Event
C...
Why are we throwing musicians under the bus?
SoundSwell
• WeatherResistant!
• Free
• Easy
• Ethical
• Value
SoundSwell Builds Community
“It’s so exciting that
you’re doing this project
because it really brings
the listeners and th...
Music Brings People Together
The Library

Musicians

Listeners

Arts Community

The Media
Building SoundSwell
Securing Content
• License Agreement
• Selection Criteria
• At least 1 Santa Cruzan
• Band Claims Santa Cruz
Identity
• Co...
Building the Database & Data Entry
• Omeka (Open
Source)
• Ripping &
Scanning
• SoundCloud
Photo by The Unreal Sephiroth
Challenges
• Language
• Follow Up
• Cataloging &
Data Entry
• Storage
The Language Challenge
Getting Follow-Up

Photo by Matt Majewski
Cataloging & Data Entry Nightmare
• No Authority Files
• Pseudonyms
• Consistency
• SoundCloud Data
• Zip Files Galore
Storage Problems

Photo by Matti Mattila
Music Brings People Together

Drum circle led by Giving Tree Music. Photo courtesy of Clearwater Public Library System, FL...
Let’s Take a Look
Thank You!
Diane Cowen

Virtual Services Librarian, Santa Cruz Public Libraries
email: cowend@santacruzpl.org
Twitter: @gr...
SoundSwell: Santa Cruz Public Libraries Local Music Project
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SoundSwell: Santa Cruz Public Libraries Local Music Project

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Learn how the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is engaging the local music community by creating a database of local music. This downloadable streaming database compensates musicians, expands access, establishes a historical archive, and supports the local music economy. This presentation is for the Internet Librarian 2013 Conference.

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SoundSwell: Santa Cruz Public Libraries Local Music Project

  1. 1. The SoundSwell project was supported in part the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
  2. 2. What is SoundSwell? • Downloadable Database • Discovery & Access Tool • Historical Archive
  3. 3. • Arts Identity • Active Music Scene • Variety of Genres The Great Morgani photo courtesy of Sara Stasi
  4. 4. Santa Cruz Arts Master Plan • Visual Arts Bias • Event Based Musical Promotions • Musical Genre Bias
  5. 5. Music Community Faces Challenges • Need a Discovery Tool • Compensation & Copyright • Small Venue Activity • Large Event Competition Photo by Earth Worm
  6. 6. Why are we throwing musicians under the bus?
  7. 7. SoundSwell • WeatherResistant! • Free • Easy • Ethical • Value
  8. 8. SoundSwell Builds Community “It’s so exciting that you’re doing this project because it really brings the listeners and the musical and artistic community together” --Beaumont Bradbury of New World Ape
  9. 9. Music Brings People Together The Library Musicians Listeners Arts Community The Media
  10. 10. Building SoundSwell
  11. 11. Securing Content • License Agreement • Selection Criteria • At least 1 Santa Cruzan • Band Claims Santa Cruz Identity • Commercially Produced CD • Getting the Word Out • Meeting with Musicians • Follow Up and Paperwork
  12. 12. Building the Database & Data Entry • Omeka (Open Source) • Ripping & Scanning • SoundCloud Photo by The Unreal Sephiroth
  13. 13. Challenges • Language • Follow Up • Cataloging & Data Entry • Storage
  14. 14. The Language Challenge
  15. 15. Getting Follow-Up Photo by Matt Majewski
  16. 16. Cataloging & Data Entry Nightmare • No Authority Files • Pseudonyms • Consistency • SoundCloud Data • Zip Files Galore
  17. 17. Storage Problems Photo by Matti Mattila
  18. 18. Music Brings People Together Drum circle led by Giving Tree Music. Photo courtesy of Clearwater Public Library System, FL.
  19. 19. Let’s Take a Look
  20. 20. Thank You! Diane Cowen Virtual Services Librarian, Santa Cruz Public Libraries email: cowend@santacruzpl.org Twitter: @groovacious

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