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Tom Cramer

Chief Technology Strategist
Associate Director, Digital Library Systems & Services


Tom's role in the library

As the Associate Director of Digital Library Systems and Services for the Stanford University Libraries, I oversee the development and delivery of Stanford’s digital library services for digitization, discovery, delivery, preservation and management of digital resources that support teaching, learning and research. I personally direct the Stanford Digital Repository and the development of SearchWorks, SUL's next generation discovery environment.

These services are all based on a combination of software (mostly open source) and Stanford's digital library cyberinfrastructure (or what we like to call "lyberstructure"). I lead a fabulous team of system administrators, architects and software engineers to build and maintain a combination of robust data center systems that have scaled up to support Stanford's demands for digital asset management and preservation, and loosely coupled asset management services and middleware for content processing.

Digitization also serves as a cornestone of Stanford's digital library program, and within DLSS I oversee and support a team that operates one of the nation's leading digitization programs. Built to support Stanford's research mission, SUL's digitization program has an awesome combination of breadth and depth, quality and throughput. With nationally recognized expert staff, we have the capacity to digitize books, manuscripts, images, maps, archives, audio, video, film and legacy computer files.

As the Chief Technology Strategist for SUL, I often engage in the wider digital library arena. I am a founder of and evangelist for the Hydra Project, and the first adopter and an active contributor to Blacklight, two successful open source projects rooted in higher education that provide rich and robust solutions for digital asset management and discovery.

I am also an architect of Stanford’s digital medieval manuscripts interoperability efforts, and currently spending much my time driving the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). I regularly lead workshops on digital preservation, and am the Chair and Co-Director of PASIG (the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group). I also serve as a member of the DuraSpace Board of Directors, and have been a past Program Chair and currently serve as a steering group member for the Open Repositories conference.

Professional activities

Co-Founder, the Hydra Project

Chair and Co-Director, Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG)

Member, Blacklight Strategic Advisory Group

Member, DuraSpace Board of Directors

Steering Group Member and Past Program Chair, Open Repositories