GLAMi nomination: Story City

nominated by: Renee Chalut, Vancouver Public Library , Canada
institution: Vancouver Public Library
category: Exhibition Media or Experience

In 2017 Vancouver Public library launched Story City, a collection of stories unique to our city and as rich as any book on our shelves. With funding from the City of Vancouver and the Government of Canada, through the Canada 150 Fund, the Story City project took staff with digital recorders to Indigenous arts festivals, local SLAM poetry haunts, favourite French language cafés, and a host of community spaces to map out the cultural life of Vancouver as told by its residents.

Story City showcases a custom made mapping layer that sits on top of VPL’s preexisting repository, This Vancouver, which uses Islandora, an open source DAM system. The map is responsive and interactive, as well as supporting multimedia and filters.

Over 400 people shared their unique memories of the unceded Coast Salish territory that has become the City of Vancouver. The audio produced over 700 individual audio excerpts and personal photographs. which are accessible on the digital map. These stories showcase the depth and variety of the thoughts, opinions and experiences of our communities.