Ken Varnum

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


As Senior Program Manager, my responsibilities include technology and project management for the library's discovery interfaces (the "MLibrary" single search tool, ArticlesPlus, Search Tools, etc.), delivery interfaces ("MGet It"), 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 a member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative's Standing Committee, co-chair the NISO Tracking Link Origins working group, served on the LITA Board of Directors (2015-2017), and serve on 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.