Ken Varnum

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Senior Program Manager


As of November 2015, I am LIT's Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Learning Analytics. Part of the Design & Discovery unit, my responsibilities include technology and project management for the library's discovery interfaces (the "MLibrary" single search tool, ArticlesPlus, Search Tools, etc.), delivery interfaces ("M Get It"), and the library's evolving and emerging learning analytics infrastructure.

From 2007-2015, I was the manager of the Library Web Systems department, which worked on 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. 

I serve on a number of library committees and working groups, including the Library Web Committee, PARC (Public Access Resources Committee), and Senior Managers. Beyond the library, I am a member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative's Standing Committee, the LITA Forum 2015 Planning Committee, and the editorial board for Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL). My blog about libraries and technology 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 publications and presentations.