Hannah Frost

Manager, Digital Library Product and Service Management

I lead the team responsible for specifying, managing, and delivering digital library services, including digitization, project management, born-digital archiving, and repository-based preservation and publishing services. We do this work for the benefit of scholars, and we are in it for the long haul.
As Service Manager for the Stanford Digital Repository, I work with a large cross section of the Stanford community — researchers, faculty, students, administrators, in addition to library curators, archivists, subject specialists, and public services — and our partners in the broader research library and cultural heritage communities. My work is both social and technical. I really enjoy collaborating with others to find solutions to the technological challenges that people and organizations face in publishing, preserving, and working with content. 


  • MLIS with Endorsement of Specialization in Preservation and Archives, University of Texas at Austin, 2001
  • BA, History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1993

Professional activities 

  • Association of Moving Image Archivists
  • Stanford Libraries Disaster Response Team

More about me 

Currently I am contributing as a co-investigator on the Always Already Computational: Collections as Data project. I'm motivated to figure out how research libraries and cultural heritage institutions can extend their digital holdings for computational access in intentional, systematic, practical ways to meet the emerging and evolving needs of today's researchers.
I served as Product Manager for the Hydra-in-a-Box project (2015-2017), a collaboration with the Digital Public Library of America and DuraSpace to develop a next-generation, turn-key, cloud-hostable, open-source repository application in the Samvera Community framework. The software solution is named Hyku. This project has been an exciting opportunity to build better software that can be used by a variety of cultural heritage institutions to manage, share, and preserve our mounting collections of digital content. Work on this project has directly informed our future directions with the Stanford Digital Repository.
I am particularly proud of my work to develop Stanford Libraries’ media preservation program.  At the heart of it is the Stanford Media Preservation Lab, a top-tier facility equipped to treat, repair, and reformat a wide variety of archival audiovisual media. The team collaborate across Stanford and on multi-institutional initiatives at the state and national levels focused on media preservation and asset management in higher education and cultural heritage. We led the development of the AV Artifact Atlas, a knowledge base of information about technical errors to support quality control efforts in media preservation reformatting workflows.