Hydra-in-a-Box

The Digitial Public Library of America (DPLA) has a great blog post today about the IMLS-supported Hydra-in-a-Box initiative:

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and the DuraSpace organization are pleased to announce that their joint initiative has been awarded a $2M National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Nicknamed Hydra-in-a-Box, the project aims foster a new, national, library network through a community-based repository system, enabling discovery, interoperability and reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world.

This transformative network is based on advanced repositories that not only empower local institutions with new asset management capabilities, but also interconnect their data and collections through a shared platform.

Many of us in small institutions wrestling with big digital management issues will be watching eagerly to see what comes of this work. It’s well worth reading the entire blog post. Three cheers for DPLA, Stanford, DuraSpace, and IMLS!

Winberta Yao Travel Award recipient’s report on the 2015 ARLIS/NA Conference

Thank you, Mountain West Chapter and Travel Award Committee members, for making it possible for me to attend the 2015 conference in Fort Worth. As a solo museum librarian, I seldom have the chance to discuss work with others in my field. This sort of discussion is crucial if we want to keep up to date and provide the best possible professional services to those who use our libraries. I am most grateful for the chance to attend so many excellent sessions, and, even more, for the impromptu discussions in hallways and on lobby sofas. I have come home refreshed with new ideas.

Here are notes on some of the sessions I attended.

What Can I do With This Image? provided concrete practical advice on switching from a model in which publication fees are regarded as a source of income to a more open model. There was also a good deal of buzz about the copyright research tool the Durationator (http://www.limitedtimes.com/). It was the subject of a poster session as well. The Durationator aims to be a comprehensive tool for researching copyright information worldwide. My big question remains how (un)affordable this might be for smaller museums and libraries.

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