Although the Principal Editor assumes complete responsibility for the contents and final design of the Tales OnLine database, a number of individuals have shaped the direction of the project, the inclusion of collections and tales, and taken responsibility for tale analysis.
The continued revision of the organization and contents of Tales OnLine has occurred in stages. They are: the initial design stage; the first testing stage; reactions of student librarians to the design of the database, and continuous revisions of the database delivery system.
During the initial phase of Tales OnLine, I wish to acknowledge the important role of Indiana University’s Folklore Department, Bloomington and the two chairs, Ruth Stone and John McDowell who signed-on to a fledgling undertaking and provided guidance. I thank Polly Grimshaw and Inta Carpenter for their support, efforts, and encouragement from the very beginning of my involvement with the university to the present. I also acknowledge the pivotal role of Joan Catapano, during the time she was editor at Indiana University Press, and the subsequent involvement of Michael Lundell from IUP.
The initial design of the contents of Tales OnLine was influenced by an advisory group composed of Dr. Hasan el Shamy – Professor of Folklore, Indiana University Folklore Department; Polly Grimshaw – Librarian Emeritus, Folklore Library, Indiana University; Virginia Richey, Children’s Librarian, Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington; Dr. Donald Braid, folklorist and storyteller Indianapolis; Dr. Moira Smith, Folklore Librarian, Indiana University; Dr. Perry Willett, Assistant Director for Project and Services, and Head of Library Electronic Text Resource Service, Indiana University Library, Bloomington and Joan Catapano, Indiana University Press, Bloomington.
Software development has been the primary responsibility of Hope Hatfield, Hatfield Consulting with the assistance of Pat Pontis.
Tale analysis and the development of handbooks and manuals was undertaken by a number of folklore doctoral candidates at IU: Esther Clinton developed the keyword thesaurus, the manual for tale analysis, and the keyword manual, while Lisa Gabert wrote the manual for tale summarizers. Esther Clinton, was our original tale analyst. This task is currently being done by Lynn Gelfand and Heather Kirkman. Sue Grizzell, professional storyteller, wrote tale summaries that appear on the results page and researches the tale variants.
In 2001, the Indiana Universities Folklore Department was awarded a major grant by the Education Division of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). An advisory group for this project included: Dr. Inta Carpenter, Dr. Margaret Read McDonald, Children’s Librarian, folklorist, and storyteller; Dr. John McDowell, Chairman of the Folklore Department, IU; Dr. Hasan el Shamy, IU; Dr. Carl Lindahl, Professor of English and Folklore, University of Houston; Dr. Brian Sturm, Library Science Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC and Paddy Bowman, Coordinator, National Network for Folk Arts in Education.
Reaction to the TOL database was elicited from elementary, middle school, and high school teachers, along with members of Indiana University Press. Reactions were discussed by the advisory board and suggestions were made for revising the function and appearance of the database.
Early in 2003, Dr. Brian Sturm asked a library science class to critique the database. Hope Hatfield redesigned the database as a result.