Audio Archives

Irving Layton Collection at the University of Saskatchewan

Person Describing Archive

Annie Murray (2011); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

University of Saskatchewan Special Collection Library

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

University of Saskatchewan Special Collections has a Layton Collection which is being digitized and put online. Some audio recordings (4) have been included.

Description of archive history or URL

Special Collections has two accruals of Layton material, selections of which are digitized.

Contact information

Special Collections Department
University of Saskatchewan Library

Searchable options

Content DM digital collections software is used. Browsing and searching capabilities are same as usual Content DM configuration. Search can be limited by keyword, and can limit to particular special collections. Once in a results screen, there are further ways to sort results, such as by format.

Relation from the audio to the text

Audio only. No accompanying transcript provided. Metadata indicates the contents of the recordings.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Duration of the recording, and information about its analog origins are included. Information about the context of the recording provided.

Author bios and context within literary history

Brief biographical information about Layton is given.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

Downloadable MP3s.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

Banner photo of Layton for all pages of the site.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

Audio MP3 file downloads and opens in the user's media player.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Mobile access is possible, but the website does not cater to mobile devices. Functionality may vary depending on the device.


Possible to browse through Content DM's Browse function. Somewhat difficult navigation between the library's website and the Content DM interface.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

No, but You Tube videos featuring Layton are included in the "Additional Resources" section of the site.

Other notes