From VHS to MP4: Improving Access to 40 Years of Literary Recordings

Liz King, Texas State University

Wade Martin, Texas State University

This poster presentation outlines the collaboration between the academic community involved in this collaborative project, including representatives from a student-run, free, online literary journal as well as university librarians. A main focus is the potential impact on the research community – both scholarly and public – who will benefit from accessing the previously unpublished audiovisual materials. Details include how to ensure this remain a fully-open and accessible resource for anyone interested in digital humanities research. Considerations include budget and costs, digitization of outdated media, long-term preservation and storage, copyright, metadata, and creating a user-friendly, searchable website using open source tools.