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James L. Hilton (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

James L. Hilton
University Librarian and Dean of Libraries; Vice Provost for Digital Educational

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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James Hilton is university librarian and dean of libraries and vice provost for digital education and innovation at the University of Michigan, where he leads one of the world’s largest and most innovative library systems, and spearheads the development of campus-wide strategies, policies and programs around educational technology.

A national leader in technology issues around higher education, he has led, championed and fostered technology initiatives that cross boundaries between institutions, and between academic and information technology units. He was a co-founder of the Sakai Project, a collaborative effort to create open software that advances teaching, learning and research; provided crucial early support to multi-institutional efforts to deploy technology to further education, research, and preservation, including Internet2 NET+ and DuraSpace; and led the creation of the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) to develop a collective ecosystem to protect the scholarly record, including the growing amount of born-digital scholarship, for future generations.

Hilton first became interested in the intersection between academics and technology as a faculty member in the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology, where he was three-time recipient of the Excellence in Education Award. This interest led to a series of roles in which he served as catalyst for the exploration and use of technology in the academy, among them associate provost for academic, information, and instructional technology affairs at the University of Michigan, and vice president and chief information officer at the University of Virginia.

He serves on many boards, including Internet2, DuraSpace, DPN, and the HathiTrust Board of Governors, and at the University of Michigan is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of information in the School of Information, and faculty associate in the Research Center for Group Dynamics.

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