Ken Varnum

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Phone
734-615-3287

Fax
734 647 6897

Office
300C Hatcher North
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics

About

As Senior Program Manager, my responsibilities include technology and project management for Library Search, library's discovery interface, delivery interfaces (the "MGet It" link resolver), and the library's evolving and emerging  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 various library committees and project teams. Beyond the library, I am editor of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), the peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the Library Information Technology Association. I have been a member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative project, both on the original Working Group (2012-2014) and the current Standing Committee (2014-) and was co-chair of the NISO Tracking Link Origins working group. Previously, I served on the LITA Board of Directors (2015-2017), and was member of ITAL's editorial board from 2013-2017. My blog about libraries and technology is RSS4Lib

Background

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.