Digital Library Program

The Digital Library Program (DLP) project is a multi-year Emory Libraries and LITS initiative to promote best practices and provide long term access to Emory's unique digital assets and collections. A key offering of the Program is to develop a versatile and feature rich digital repository platform using the open source Samvera (formerly Hydra) framework.  The Digital Library Program works closely with the Digital Collections Steering Committee to establish policies and best practices for digital collection development and digital preservation. Learn more about:

Project Overview

The project was approved and funded based on the recommendations of the Repository Working Group in 2014, led by University Librarian Yolanda Cooper. The project charter provides a multi-phased approach to the work:

Phase 1: Planning and Discovery

Phase 2: Technical Design

Phase 3: Implementation

The project's Discovery Phase concluded in 2018, which focused on identifying prioritized functional, user, and technical requirements and best practices for our future Digital Library. Approved project deliverables and requirements are documented on the project's wiki.

The Technical Design phase was also completed in summer 2018, identifying a new product suite based on the Samvera framework. The Program is moving into Implementation phases in which software development and data migrations will occur. 

The Digital Library Program partners with the Digital Collections Steering Committee regarding review and selection of content destined for the repository.  The Program also operates within Emory's larger IT Governance and Portfolio Management process to review and approve additional technology projects related to the initiative. 

Program Staff & Contact Information

Name Title Project Role Email Address
Emily Porter Digital Library Program Coordinator Program Coordinator eporter at
Rosalyn Metz Director, Library Technology and Digital Strategies Project Sponsor rosalyn.metz at
Trisha Wilson Project Manager III Project Manager trisha.wilson at
Nik Dragovic Digital Projects Librarian Project Operations nik.dragovic at
Collin Brittle Digital Library Architect Technical Lead collin.brittle at

Partnerships and Memberships

The Emory Libraries partner with external organizations for collaborative development of Digital Library best practices and products, and participates in preservation and dissemination services for Emory digital content. Current memberships and partnerships include:

Organization Summary Involvement
Digital Library Federation (DLF) Facilitates collaborative development within the digital library sector. Areas of focus include standards, best practices, digital curation, digital humanities, and larger questions of social impact.
  • Membership in working groups
  • Attendance and presentations at annual Forum
Digital Library of Georgia Collects cultural heritage materials from Georgia institutions. Local service hub for submission to Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
  • Dissemination of selected digital collections
Digital Preservation Network Provides geographically distributed preservation storage and services.
  • Membership on working groups
  • Hosting of community events


Administrative home of several open-source technologies integral to DLP. Supports Fedora, the digital repository framework underlying a number of digital library applications including Samvera (formerly Hydra).

  • Membership on Fedora Leadership Group

  • Samvera Partner
  • Membership in Samvera Interest Groups and Working Groups

Georgia Knowledge Repository

Collects scholarly works from Georgia colleges and universities.


Allows dissemination of digital library material to a cross-institutional discovery interface.

  • Dissemination of material (digitized books)

Internet Archive

Independently archives websites and collects digitized works in a consolidated discovery environment.

  • Dissemination of material (digitized books)

  • Subscription to Archive-It for the web archiving of University sites and relevant components of manuscript collections