I began work in the field of digital libraries in 1999, managing a five-year effort to digitize and preserve the publications and documents of the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade, a 2 million page archive held at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (

In 2002 I helped deploy the first digitization lab in the world to use a fully automated robotic page-turning scanner for the mass digitization of books.

In 2005 I became the technical project manager of the Parker Library on the Web, an effort to digitize and publish online digital reproductions of over 500 rare Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. I have since managed several large-scale projects to preserve and provide online access to unique library collections.

In my current position I wear two hats: I manage the digitization program at SUL, with programmatic oversight of the digital imaging labs. I also work on a variety of web projects. I was the technical manager of the recent redesign of the library website. I am also active in the International Image Interoperability Framework, an effort to define APIs and build tools to help major digital libraries more easily share their images.

Current Role at Stanford

I am the Associate Director for Digital Strategy at the Stanford University Libraries. I manage SUL's digital library access program, overseeing development of our various discovery and delivery services. This includes SUL's main website (, the online discovery system (SearchWorks), and the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR)'s various access systems.

I also help steer the library's digitization program and directly supervise the staff who operate our six digital imaging labs.

Education & Certifications

  • BA, University of Virginia, History
  • MA, Stanford University, Education


  • Cultural Heritage Imaging Professionals Conference, Stanford University (July 2014)

    The Cultural Heritage Imaging Professionals Conference is a meeting of digitization program managers, imaging lab professionals and imaging experts involved in large scale, high quality image digitization programs at Libraries, Archives, Museums and Industry.


    Stanford, CA

  • International Image Interoperability Framework (September 2011)

    The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a one-year collaborative effort to produce an interoperable framework for image delivery amongst digital image repositories at cultural heritage institutions. I am active in this effort as a contributor and editor of the IIIF Image API, which is in draft format at (


    Stanford, CA

  • Mirador: A Cross-Repository Image Viewer

    Mirador is a web based, open source image comparison platform written in Javascript. It allows a scholar to open images hosted at different repositories to inspect, compare and annotate. A key feature of Mirador is its ability to call and open image resources hosted at different repositories in a single virtual environment. This is made possible due to full compatibility with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) APIs (http://iiif/io).

    The idea for Mirador emerged as part of Stanford's Digital Medieval Manuscripts program. Manuscript-related projects heavily depend on comparing images at an extremely high level of detail, and often the materials are scattered physically and virtually across many libraries and repositories. Mirador extends its capabilities beyond medieval manuscript studies and can be used to compare all sorts of image resources, including works of art, maps, photographs, posters, music scores and more.

    Mirador is a community-driven project gaining support and adoption from several major digital libraries worldwide.


    Stanford, CA

  • Stanford University Library Website Redesign, Stanford University (April 2011)

    After nearly 10 years, the Stanford University Libraries is redesigning the main library website. The current site (which can be seen at is being replaced with a Drupal based site with a brand new information architecture and visual design, dynamic content management, and a rich interactive feature-set.


    Stanford, CA

All Publications

  • The formal organization of knowledge - An analysis of academic structure JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION Gumport, P. J., Snydman, S. K. 2002; 73 (3): 375-?