Audio Archives

Woodberry Poetry Room Listening Booth

Person Describing Archive

Annie Murray (2012) ; Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

Harvard University Library

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

The Listening Booth on the website of the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University Library presents a selection of digitized and born digital poetry readings.


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Website has been relocated to

Description of archive history or URL

Contact information

Christina Davis, Curator

Searchable options

Browsable. Organized by author last name on one screen.

Relation from the audio to the text

Minimal metadata. Title of work recited and date of reading provided. No transcript is presented.

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

Yes. Progress bar shows your position in a recording. Length of recording also indicated.

Author bios and context within literary history

No, but pleasing graphical interface includes author photo.

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


Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

Photos of authors. No video.

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

Player pops up.

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.


Supported. All authors are listed on one page.

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