The Washington University Libraries are launching a new digital repository on the Hydra platform on May 2. Institutions around the world are using Hydra to host digital repositories and collections because it improves the accessibility of locally created digital collections.
The Libraries currently have some materials on platforms that are no longer supported. Other materials, including video interviews from the Henry Hampton Collection, are available only through external platforms. The new Hydra platform will provide robust video streaming, along with transcripts of the interviews, directly from the Libraries’ website.
The new platform will offer multiple entry points for staff to upload content. Right now, content uploads are often handled by a single staff member. Additionally, the platform will facilitate collaboration throughout the University and the region, and with Hydra partners at other institutions.
On Friday, May 13, the Libraries will host information sessions on Hydra to help WUSTL students, faculty, and staff become familiar with the platform. Introductory sessions will take place early in the day. A “Stop and Learn” workshop with demonstrations on how content can be delivered to the Hydra platform will take place on May 13 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Room 142 of Olin. Details on all of the sessions can be found here. The sessions are free, and all students, faculty, and staff are welcome. For more information, contact Andrew Rouner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locally created digital texts and projects can be accessed from the Libraries’ digital collections page: library.wustl.edu/units/digital/digital-collections/. For streaming video, go here: streamingvideo.wustl.edu. Only a few collections will be available on the new platform at the time of the launch, but content and collections will be added steadily over the coming months.