Edmonton Public Library Named 2016 Recipient of CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology
The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) project Capital City Records: Edmonton Local Music has been named 2016 recipient of the Canadian Library Association (CLA)/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology. Capital City Records is Canada's first public library digital local music collection and interactive tool for celebrating local music history.
EPL developed Capital City Records to celebrate and promote Edmonton-made music, while also building an ongoing historical record of the city's music scene. Input from Edmonton's music community helped shape Capital City Records, starting with the 2014 unconference YEG BandCamp. The launch of Capital City Records was also ranked one of the top ten best musical events in Edmonton in 2015 by YEG Music Magazine. Through this project, EPL has taken a truly innovative leadership role not only in the preservation of local history, but also the production and dissemination of digital content and independent music.
The collection currently features digital copies of over 250 local gig posters and music from over 70 local musicians that can be streamed by any site visitor and downloaded by EPL cardholders.
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