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Stuart Snydman

Associate Director for Digital Strategy
Stu Snydman in front of Green Library


Stuart's role in the library

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.  

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Selected publications

Gumport, P. J., & Snydman, S. K. (2006). Higher education: Evolving forms and emerging markets. In W. W. Powell, & R. Steinberg (Eds.), The nonprofit sector : A research handbook (2nd ed., pp. 462-484). New Haven: Yale University Press.Snydman, S. K. (2002).

Snydman, S. K. (2002). Technology. In J. J. F. Forest, & K. Kinser (Eds.), Higher education in the United States : An encyclopedia (pp. 652-659). Santa Barbara, Calif.: Abc-Clio.

Gumport, P. J., & Snydman, S. K. (2002). The formal organization of knowledge: An analysis of academic structure.Journal of Higher Education, 73(3), 375-408.

More about Stuart

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.  


BA in History, University of Virginia
MA in Education, Stanford Univerisity