John Weise

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Head, Digital Library Applications


I am currently Head of the Digital Library Applications (DLA) department, one of the five units comprising Library Information Technology (LIT) at the University of Michigan. 

In June of 2016, after 20 productive and groundbreaking years, we split the Digital LibraryProduction Service (DLPS) into two departments: Digital Content & Collections (DC&C) and Digital Library Applications (DLA). This ended my 7+ year stint as head of DLPS. Kat Hagedorn is the Head of DC&C, and I am the Head of DLA. We will keep DLPS as an umbrella over these two units since we will continue to work closely together, though we have tweaked the name to be Digital Library Platform & Services. Kat and I look forward to leading DLPS into the next era of digital library work at U-M.

From February 2016 to October 2018 I was, additionally, Associate Director of Library Information Technology. In this role, I was charged with strategic management of the day to day activities and goals of the division. I partnered 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 represented the director and LIT externally to the library, our campus partners, and nationally, and served as the interim head of the division in his absence.

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.



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.


  • Leadership of the Digital Library Applications department