Ken Varnum

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Ken Varnum
University of Michigan Library


  • Emerging Technologies
  • Project Management
  • Technology
  • Type of Libraries
  • Academic

  • Recent Posts

    Online DocLightning Talks 4 years 3 months ago
    Online DocWho Favorited That? 4 years 3 months ago
    DiscussionLITA National Forum 2014 4 years 5 months ago
    Online DocLibrary Favorites and Resource Modeling 5 years 4 months ago


    Ken Varnum is the Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library. Ken's research and professional interests include discovery systems, library analytics, and technology in the library setting. From 2007-2015 he was the Web Systems Manager at the U-M Library, where he managed the library's Drupal-driven website. He wrote "Drupal in Libraries" (2012) and edited "The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know" (2014) and "The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks" (2014). His most recent book, "Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content" was published in 2016. He blogs at and can be found on Twitter at @varnum.


    Current Work
    University of Michigan Library (Academic Library)
    Senior Program Manager
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Ken is responsible for the library's discovery interfaces (the "MLibrary" single search tool, ArticlesPlus, Search Tools, etc.), delivery interfaces, and the library's evolving and emerging analytics infrastructure

    Past Work Experience
    Tufts University (Academic Library)
    IT Manager / Special Projects Librarian
    Medford, Massachusetts
    2004 - 2007

    Ford Motor Company
    Head, Web Development Group
    Dearborn, Michigan
    1997 - 2004

    Open Media Research Institute (OMRI) (Special Library)
    Electronic Resources Manager
    Prague, Czech Republic
    1995 - 1997


    BA, History, Russian Language, 1989
    Grinnell College

    MILS, Information and Library Science, 1994
    University of Michigan

    MA, Russian and East European Studies, 1994
    University of Michigan