Canadian Poetry Audio Archives
|Person Describing Archive|
Annie Murray (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)
|Is this primarily a poetry audio site?|
|Sponsoring Person or Institution|
Library and Archives Canada
|Site Last Updated|
|General Description of Archive|
LAC's audio poetry archive features digitized poetry in English and French.
Update: Archive has since been moved to the Library and Archives of Canada portal on the federal website. Database can be explored within this portal in the link above.
|Description of archive history or URL|
overview of the archive is at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/poetry/index-e.html?PHPSESSID=p5f1es37k6ed41886l8854ief2
they have a generic comment form on the site
search by keyword, name of poet, english/french, poem title. limit to file type (image, text, sound recording), or "theme" (they are grouped as: Pre-Confederation Poets, Poets from 1867 to 1899, Early 20th-Century Poets, Poets Between the World Wars, Poets from 1940 to 1970, Contemporary Poets)
|Relation from the audio to the text|
transcripts from poems are provided, the audio plays in a pop up, so you can read and listen at the same time
|Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items|
no info about the audio item, but if you click on "source" you can see from which recording it originated. but you don't see the length of the recording indicated
|Author bios and context within literary history|
no. just recording and text.
|Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)|
it streams in a media player, can't tell what kind of file it is
|Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)|
|Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)|
opens in media player that pops up
|Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)|
they only have a search option. however, you can narrow by theme, and that is a way to see how the poems are grouped. very poor browsability.
|Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).|
|Interactivity and Web 2.0 features|
none really. you can share the entire page on facebook, digg, delicious, etc, but you can't really interact in any other way
web design looks very dated, not very user friendly site