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!