John Patrick Weise

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Phone
734-764-8074

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734 647 6897

Office
402 Hatcher N
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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jweise@umich.edu
Associate Director of Library IT –– Head, Digital Library Production Service –– Interim Head, User Experience Department

About

In February of 2016 I became Associate Director of Library Information Technology. In this role, I am charged with strategic management of the day to day activities and goals of the division. I partner with the Director, Maurice York, in the planning, administrative, and logistical business of the division (such as budget, personnel, resource allocation, grants and commitments, etc), and focus on making sure that we are realizing our commitments and intentions through coordination of goals and resource needs across the units. I also represent the director and LIT externally to the library, our campus partners, and nationally, and serve as the interim head of the division in his absence. 

I am also Head of the Digital Library Production Service (DLPS), one of the four units comprising Library Information Technology (LIT) at the University of Michigan. DLPS has three major areas of focus: preservation quality digitization, content deployment, and the development of information retrieval systems. I have been in this position since 2008. DLPS has a major role in several ground-breaking digital library projects dating back to 1994 including the Humanities Text Initiative, DLXS, digital conversion done by our Digital Conversion Unit, hosting for over 200 digital collections, and HathiTrust.

Finally, since mid-2015 I have been filling in as the interim Head of the User Experience Department. During this time we have combined UX with Web Systems to form the the new Design & Discovery unit and started a search for its manager, who will also relieve me of my interim UX duties.

I previously handled image database content for DLPS and developed the Image Class component of DLXS, which is a position I held from 1998 to 2009. In this role, I established hosting services for the library and campus, amassing approximately 100 databases and over 350,000 digital images representing prominent collections from the Bentley Historical Library, the Special Collections Library, and the Museum of Art, among others. I also supported several other institutions in their use of Image Class.

Background

I earned a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art (1989), and an MLS from the University of Michigan School of Information and Library Studies (1995). I lead Michigan's technical effort on the Museum Educational Site Licensing Project, a precursor to AMICO and ARTstor, before becoming a librarian and programmer for DLPS.

Responsibilities

  • Strategic management of the day to day activities and goals of the Library Information Technology division, in partnership with the director
  • Leadership of the Digital Library Production Service
  • Leadership of the User Experience Department (interim)