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Thread #172217   Message #4168615
Posted By: GUEST,Nick Dow
27-Mar-23 - 09:18 AM
Thread Name: Review: B.L. sound library now less accessible
Subject: RE: Review: B.L. sound library now less accessible
I have contacted the library and to date have not had the courtesy of a reply.
Dear Sirs,

So pleased as I am that you took the trouble to digitise and make available our recordings, I am bound to say that I did not find your previous website easily accessible to listeners, and it rejected Microsoft Edge. However, the new website appears to have rendered a search nigh impossible.
The introduction of your new website has a considerable number of pages outlining the virtues of the British Library, but I have been unable to find my recordings in their entirety. In addition, the few recordings I have found, not only appear to reject Microsoft Edge in respect of playback but appear not to be filed to any logical system. Gone is the county or performer index, and I am at a loss to discover which system has been used.
This has already caused me some inconvenience.
I was approached by a traditional singer in his eighties, who sang me a song I had previously collected. He is computer literate. I asked him to compare his father's text with that at the British Library. He and I were unable to do so. I then had to supply the recording differently.
This small example I feel is an example of a greater problem and one you may consider of some importance.
Nick Dow