|Person Describing Archive|
Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)
|Is this primarily a poetry audio site?|
|Sponsoring Person or Institution|
Poet and the Poem Webcast, Library of Congress
|Site Last Updated|
|General Description of Archive|
Poet and the Poem Webcasts are a blog-style site where poets are interviewed and then read a few poems. The home page lists the webcast, with a small photo of the poet and a short biography.
UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Link leads to error page. Please visit https://www.loc.gov/poetry/media/poetpoem.html for the archive.
|Description of archive history or URL|
Poet Laureates of the U.S. have developed the web site as well as the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The shows are hosted by Grace Cavalieri.
The Poetry and Literature Center Library of Congress Washington, DC 20540-4861, (202) 707-5394, www.loc.gov/poetry
No searchable options. This website is a blog-style list of readers, separated by authors names A-M/ N-Z. Note that this means that when there are two poets on the list, both of their names must be in the same section A-M or N-Z.
|Relation from the audio to the text|
|Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items|
Surprisingly, there is no date on any of the web casts, since it was broadcasted on the radio-- there's not even a year indicated. Total length of the web cast is provided, but very little context about the series is given.
|Author bios and context within literary history|
There are short author bios that are restricted to books published, awards and teaching positions.
|Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)|
I'm not 100% sure, but I think they are MP3 files.
|Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)|
There is a very small author photo, but nothing else.
|Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)|
The player opens in a new screen, in Dashboard.
|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.
Browsing is limited, as the viewer must scroll down a very long page to search for a particular reader. There is no list of readers so the viewer doesn't know if the poet they are looking for will be in the web casts.
|Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).|
|Interactivity and Web 2.0 features|
It seems that this website has missed a very important element: this is a reading series, hosted by the same person at a very particular point in time, and recording information such as dates, context and decisions made about who will read are lost.