Ken Varnum

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Web Systems Manager


I manage Library Web Systems, the department responsible for the library's web site, including ArticlesPlus (our Drupal implementation of Serials Solutions' Summon using its API), Library Favorites, Search Tools, and the library's proxy server. Our group provides Drupal for other parts of the U-M Library, as well.

I serve on a number of library committees and working groups, including the Library Web Committee, PARC (Public Access Resources Committee), and Senior Managers.  I am the chair of Librarians' Forum, our faculty governance body. I am a member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative project and previously served on the RLG Sharing and Aggregating Social Metadata Working Group and the Code4Lib Journal's editorial committee.  My blog about innovative ways libraries use RSS is RSS4Lib


I received Masters' degrees in Library Studies (with a concentration in archives) and Russian & East European Studies from the University of Michigan. Before that, I received Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Russian from Grinnell College. I have previously worked at Tufts University (Boston), Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI), and the Open Media Research Institute (Prague, Czech Republic). 

Recent Publications and Presentations

See my personal site for a complete list.