Nathan Coy

Audio digitization specialist

(650) 721-2055

Experienced and formally trained in librarianship, archival practice, music, and audio production; practitioner of sound recording capture and sound studio installation at the Stanford Media Preservation Lab. 



  • MLS, Library Science, City University New York Queens College
  • Certificate in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management, City University New York Queens College
  • MA, Music, California State University Chico
  • BA, Music Composition, California State University Chico
  • BA, Music Industry and Technology: Recording Arts, California State University Chico

Professional activities 

Nathan has presented at the Society of California Archivists annual general meeting, the Society of American Archivists national convention, on use of sonata form in composition at a humanities symposium, and had an article published in the Society of American Archivists Recorded Sound Round Table newsletter.

More about me 

Prior to entering professional librarianship Nathan worked as Jazz Director, managing the on air talent and the jazz collection at an NPR affiliate. His performing experience included venues ranging from Avery Fisher Hall to the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. He studied horn with David Jolley (renowned chamber musician), Kendall Betts (former principal horn of the Minnesota Orchestra), and Pete Nowlen (director of bands at UC avis). 

Although now a permanent resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Nathan was born and raised in the northern Sacramento valley which led Nathan to a deep commitment to preserving the history of California along with advocating for economically, culturally, and geographically underrepresented communities in the state. In addition to information equity, Nathan has an interest in the preservation of the mountains of California, deserts, valleys, and coast of California. 

In addition to his role at Stanford, Nathan works in a public library as a reference librarian.