Media Preservation Lab

The Stanford Media Preservation Lab (SMPL) serves to preserve and enhance access to original sound and moving image collection materials held by Stanford University Libraries. The lab’s core operations are centered around creating a high-quality copy of the original content in digital formats that are easily accessed by researchers and others, and that enable ongoing, long-term management of the content for future users. We work closely with curators, archivists, conservators and other staff responsible for the care and management of special collections and archival materials.

We also provide a variety of consultation services to the Stanford community to assist in the assessment and ongoing management of audio and moving image collections in analog and digital form.

SMPL is one of several digitization labs managed by Digital Library Systems and Services. SMPL was founded in 2008, and developed with the consultation services of AudioVisual Preservation Solutions.