Flowerings Phase 2 Goals, Timeline, and Activities

Grant Goals

  1. ensure the preservation and ongoing stewardship of Furious Flower’s extensive and unique collection of Black poetry and spoken word video as part of JMU Libraries’ Special Collections
  2. provide enhanced discoverability and global access to these audiovisual treasures for teaching, learning, and research. 
  3. support vibrant programmatic activities and planning at the Center through a crucial period leading up to its fourth decennial conference
  4. to further develop and practice the new, reparative and integrated model for library support of a living, academic center for the arts 
  5. the creation of a more sustainable and forward-looking web and scholarly publishing infrastructure for Furious Flower.  

Timeline and Activities

Inherent to the Flowerings project is an organic, iterative approach to our work, which is reflected in the below timeline. We will inevitably make changes in adaptation to our learning and growing even as we continue our trajectory within the Flowerings Framework.

Year 1 (2022)

  • Recruiting & onboarding new positions
  • Procure equipment and technology
  • Digital infrastructure setup​ and/or integration
    • Implementation of Aviary for streaming archival A/V [see Aviary in action at Iowa State]
    • Integration of ArchivesSpace (our system of record for metadata) with Preservica (digital preservation system)
    • Integration of ArchivesSpace with Preservica
    • Integration of ArchivesSpace with Aviary
    • Integration of Preservica with Aviary
  • Develop pilot archival and preservation workflows​ using the new integrations
  • Assessment of priorities & needs​ related to the Furious Flower collections and the Furious Flower web presences
  • Completing JMU’s initial AudiAnnotate project (funded by the Mellon Foundation through the AWE Project)
  • Begin planning for 2024 Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference
  • Travel to support outreach, dissemination, and professional networking

Note: Parallel to this work are Furious Flower’s regular suite of outreach, engagement, and scholarly programming and the design phase of a major renovation and expansion to Carrier Library, which includes new facilities for the Furious Flower Poetry Center.

Year 2 (2023)

Note: Furious Flower’s suite of programming will continue, and we anticipate the construction phase of Carrier Library’s renovation and expansion to begin in Summer, 2023

  • Planning for the 2024 Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference
  • Solidifying archival and preservation workflows for the digital archive
  • Ideation related to possibilities of a Furious Flower digital imprint
  • Work on Furious Flower web presence priorities
  • Identify summer/fall projects with instructional partners, with consideration of progress on digital infrastructure and Furious Flower’s collection and web presence priorities
  • Travel to support outreach, dissemination, and professional networking
  • Review our progress on all fronts and create revised plans and approaches to subsequent years’ work

Year 3 (2024)

Note: Carrier renovation and expansion continues; Furious Flower programming continues, with the focus on the decennial conference

  • Focus shifts to the 2024 conference; work on continuing project threads may be constrained in light of final conference preparation activities and active engagement in the conference
  • Conference video footage shot, edited, and delivered for archival assessment and incorporation into collections
  • Continued work by project archivists and digital preservation specialists on establishing the digital archive
  • Continued work on Furious Flower web presence (and possible digital imprint possibilities)
  • Possible grant-supported faculty engagement for instructional development (e.g. course modules, digital humanities projects) with FFPC materials (e.g. to evaluate our implementation’s efficacy for supporting teaching, learning, and research)
  • Discussion of sustainable staffing and programmatic models to continue work beyond the grant period
  • Travel to support outreach, dissemination, and professional networking
  • Review our progress on all fronts and create revised plans and approaches to subsequent years’ work

Year 4 (2025)

  • Planning for move-in to Carrier Library; specify and order additional equipment to support reading room service for digital materials
  • Continued work by project archivists and digital preservation specialists on establishing the digital archive
  • Continued work on Furious Flower web presence (and possible digital imprint possibilities)
  • Possible grant-supported faculty engagement for instructional development (e.g. course modules, digital humanities projects) with FFPC materials (e.g. to evaluate our implementation’s efficacy for supporting teaching, learning, and research).
  • Seeking instructional partners’ input about transitioning and sustaining grant-related work beyond the grant period
  • Travel to support outreach, dissemination, and professional networking

Year 4.5 (Spring 2026)

Note: late Spring this year is anticipated to include moving into the newly renovated and expanded Carrier Library, which will open to the public in late summer 2026.

  • Finalizing grant-funded projects or transitioning them to sustainable models
  • Engaging with instructional partners in reviewing progress to inform report writing and next steps
  • Travel to support outreach, dissemination, and professional networking

Libraries and Furious Flower Project Personnel

  • The Flowerings Core Team: Lauren Alleyne, Jody Fagan, Joanne Gabbin, Bethany Nowviskie
  • The Flowerings Project Coordination Team (project management): Bodeene Amyot, Jody Fagan (convener & project coordinator), Rebecca French, Steven Holloway, Mark Lane, Kate Morris, Yasmeen Shorish, Ari Short
  • Digital Infrastructure Working Group: Bodeene Amyot, Rebecca French, Mark Lane, Ari Short (convener)