The Repository has a deeply experienced team that draws upon the extensive resources of USC, particularly USC Libraries, the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and the USC Information Technology Services group.


Experience that goes broad and deep

The Repository Team draws upon the extensive resources of USC, particularly USC Libraries, the USC Digital Library, the USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Information Technology Services group.

Our expertise includes

  • Large-scale digitization
  • Information technology and security
  • Imaging services
  • Physical preservation
  • Metadata
  • Mass-conversion media preservation 
  • Cataloging systems
  • Design and deployment of software infrastructures
  • Flexible storage options


Sam Gustman
Associate Dean for Technologies at the USC Libraries
CTO of the USC Shoah Foundation

Sam has nearly two decades of leadership experience in information technology, which includes his role as chief technology officer for the USC Shoah Foundation, and serving as the primary investigator on various National Science Foundation research projects with cumulative funding of more than $8 million.

Sam is responsible for, among other things, the operations, preservation and cataloging of the USC Shoah Foundation 8-petabyte digital library, one of the largest public video databases in the world.  Sam also serves as associate dean at the USC Libraries, where he holds a faculty appointment and is in charge of information technology.

Linda Truong
Managing Director
USC Digital Repository

Linda directs the business functions of the Digital Repository, which includes budget management, reporting and the development of strategic partnerships. Linda has nearly two decades of operations and program management experience, which includes USC Library IT, where she also serves as managing director.

She held positions with the U.S.-China Institute at USC, and UCLA’s Asia Institute, where her responsibilities included everything from marketing and program development to grant writing, publications management and coordinating study abroad programs in East Asia and Shanghai.

Technology Staff

Robert Alvarez, Systems Administrator, USC Digital Repository

Robert has over ten years experience administering Windows and Linux systems in an academic setting. Robert currently maintains key storage systems for the Digital Repository including our Dell-EMC file server environment.

Catherine Gao, Program Specialist, USC Digital Repository

Catherine graduated from USC as a business major, worked at USC as a student, and after a brief stint in the private sector, came back to USC as a full-time employee for the USC U.S-China Institute. She currently manages projects and client services for the Digital Repository.

Nicolas Camardo, Video Archivist and Post-Production Specialist, USC Digital Repository

Nicholas specializes in the digitization of motion picture film, audio tape, and video tape. He also provides support and expertise to the USC Shoah Foundation. Prior to USC, Nicholas raised funds and organized production for a human rights short documentary and spent time working with motion picture film archivists to learn the craft of film digitization and preservation practices. Nicholas graduated with Honors from St. John Fisher College, earning a degree in Media and Communication and Digital Cultures & Technologies.

Will McCown, Senior Technical Project Manager, USC Digital Repository

Will comes to USC with 25 years of experience in the Motion Picture Post Production, Animation and Special Effects industry.  Will has extensive experience in IT infrastructure for digital media as well as Color Science and Image Processing.

Hoan Tran, Unix System Administrator, USC Shoah Foundation and USC Digital Repository

Hoan has over 15 years of experience in software development and operations. Hoan specializes in managing systems engineering, system administration, and information systems security.

Mills Chang, Senior Software Architect, USC Shoah Foundation and USC Digital Repository

Mills joined USC in 2008 with more than two decades experiences in software development, specializing in databases, .Net and search engines. He leads the development team and oversees the software development for the USC Digital Repository and the USC Shoah Foundation. Mills received his Master in Computer Science from USC in 2002.

Trevor Williams, Programmer Analyst, USC Digital Repository

Additional Staffing

The Repository also draws upon a large team of full-time engineering staff and engineering interns who work to develop improved techniques for preserving and providing access to digital content.

When needed, we can recruit, train and manage teams of students for individualized archive projects ranging from high-volume cataloguing to software development.