Philo Added Value and Search Tools

Given the twin objectives this project, namely: a) enhancing and deepening connections among alumni, current students, board members and the Philolexian Society and b) attracting outside users and researchers, as well as the fact that the Philolexian archives are a "living archive," it is imperative that this digital collection aim to engage these diverse audiences with diverse site resources.

For example, the site will offer a comprehensive timeline and thorough overview of the Society, which will hopefully facilitate more comprehensive searching for users, as they get a sense of what the collection offers. establishing and maintaining a Philolexian Society wiki would offer an accessible introduction to users unfamiliar with the society, while offering older and more recent members a substantive opportunity to increase awareness of Philo and celebrate the Society's history.

On a similar note, establishing and maintaining a Philolexian Society wiki would offer an accessible introduction to users unfamiliar with the society, while offering older and more recent members a substantive opportunity to increase awareness of Philo and celebrate the Society's history.

To highlight the intimate relationship of the Society and some of its illustrious members with New York, the site will offer an interactive map featuring the various places within the Columbia University campus (which itself has changed since the Society's inception) that the Society met, as well referencing other intellectual and cultural institutions mentioned in the collection.

As many Philolexian Society members have distinguished themselves in literature and the letters, this project may offer an overview of some of their works, with links to primary and secondary scholarship, excerpts where copyright permits, and perhaps even links for available purchase. This application, like the overall project, will undergo further review to ensure that it successfully engages audiences, augments the interactive nature of the digital collection, and presents the Philolexian Society's records in unique ways and strives to serve users and the records in ways that are not served by the records in their current state.

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