DLPS History and Mission

The Digital Library Production Service (DLPS) is part of the University Library's Library Information Technology division. DLPS has three main functions:

  • Digitize library collections: The Digital Conversion Unit within DLPS has staff knowledgeable in the use of flat-bed, overhead and other specialized scanners and photography equipment for digitization.
  • Host online collections: The Information Retrieval unit is responsible for providing access to digitized books and journals, museum images, archival finding aids, bibliographies and catalogs. DLPS staff develop digital library software called DLXS. Since the founding of the HathiTrust in 2008, DLPS has developed major components of the HathiTrust access system and helped to shape repository policies and procedures. BlueStream became part of DLPS in 2011.
  • Provide leadership in digital library development: Through memberships in national and international organizations, such as the Digital Library Federation, the Text Encoding Initiative, and a number of committees, task forces, and working groups, DLPS represents the University of Michigan in the creation of best practices, standards, and cutting-edge research in digital libraries. We provide advice and expertise throughout the University on digital library issues. As part of the Library Information Technology, DLPS is part of initiatives such as the partnership with Google that are changing the nature of libraries and scholarship.

DLPS is funded by the University Library. In addition, DLPS receives funding from grants, and from partnerships with other universities, commercial publishers, and non-profit organizations.

DLPS grew out of the Digital Library Program at the University of Michigan. The unit was formed in 1996 in response to a felt need for production level (twenty four hour a day, seven days a week) support for digital library resources. DLPS was originally jointly funded by the University Library, Information Technology Services, the James and Anne Duderstadt Center, and the School of Information.

Send comments and questions to DLPS Help.


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Last modified: 07/23/2013