LIBR/ARST 596: Vancouver Symphony Society

Students interested in this project should complete the online application form here, please cite the project number 2016-69. Please include a resume, cover letter (optional)

Purpose of the project:
  The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary season in 2018-2019 (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019). With no formal archive in place, the Society has put together a committee of volunteers, staff, and musicians to help curate the top 100 moments in the VSO’s history. It is expected that those moments will span ten decades and will connect world and local history with the VSO’s rich artistic history. There will be crowd-sourcing element to curating those moments as the VSO reaches out to the community for their memories, archives, and recollections. The purpose is to document, archive, and curate the information so that it can be used as content on multiple channels: digital, research, historical, and public.
Summary of activities required to carry out the project:
  Student will need to be well-versed in both archival research and the ability to curate multiple pieces of information into a narrative theme. Activities will include identifying potential celebratory milestones for the committee by researching the existing VSO archives and records, researching history gaps through secondary public and private archives, recommending best way to capture and maintain data for easy retrieval, dissemination, and archival; and developing systems that will better prepare the VSO for its next decade. This will be happening as the organization will be looking to implement an organizational wide database for its music library, artistic planning, facility management, and artistic assets (ArtsVision) and will be a great opportunity for a student to see an organization go from paper to digital systems.
Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:
  It is expected that the student will be thoroughly involved in a major centenary celebration that is local, in real-time, and significant. The student will have the ability to interact with civic leaders, musicians, and VSO leadership in what will be the first major symphony in Canada to hit the centenary mark. His/her work will scale up to a major celebration while giving the VSO the support needed to connect with the community through history, information, and records. The host will have access to the latest trends in archival studies and will benefit from new methods and strategies. Expectations are that both student and the VSO will learn from each other, the student by having experiential learning and the host by having expanded expertise.
Time periods in which the project could be supervised (check all that apply):
  • Winter Term 1 (September – December)
  • Winter Term 2 (January – April)
  • Summer Session, Term 1 (May – June)
  • Summer Session, Term 2 (July – August)
Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?
  This is a time-sensitive project as the VSO is looking to have a majority of the discovery completed by March/April 2018.
Considering the project requirements, please suggest suitable coursework as pre-requisite or co-requisite: (e.g. LIBR 580 Collection Management, ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials.)
  It would be ideal for the student to have completed LIBR 506 Human Information Management and LIBR 508 Information Practices in Contemporary Society. Student should be interested in Community and Culture and the electives offered by that specialization, and coursework in LIBR 559M Social Media for Information Professionals and LIBR 516 Information Asset management is a plus.

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