The development of a Web-based application to make the entire collection of recorded poetry readings at the University of Arizona Poetry Center available to the general public and searchable through an array of presentation modes.
The University of Arizona Poetry Center currently provides patrons access to its unparalleled collection of poetry recordings-thousands of hours of audio and video material dating from the 1960s forward-using a proprietary database and storage system. When this application-the Audio/Video Library (AVL)-was begun in 2006, its first phase involved basic data entry and a desktop-only interface. Its second phase, beginning in March 2010, will add a Web 2.0 component to make the entire collection available to the general public. This Level II grant would fund this phase, which has three goals: 1)Develop a web-accessible interface, giving scholars, students, and the public direct on-line access to the collection from anywhere in the world; 2)Enhance the application's search tools so to increase the collections's value to scholars; 3)Develop a user-comment module to allow poets, scholars Poetry Center staff, and the public to share and store their knowledge about the collection's contents.