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Ken Varnum is the Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Learning Analytics at the University of Michigan Library. In this role, 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 learning analytics infrastructure. He received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Information and his Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College. Over his two decades working with public-facing technology in academic, corporate, and special libraries, he has gained a deep appreciation and understanding of the need to tailor systems and interfaces to the local user base. A frequent speaker and author, Ken speaks and writes about analytics, discovery, and content management. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, ALA Editions published his most recent book, “Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to a Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content,” in April 2016. He previously wrote “Drupal in Libraries” (2012), compiled “The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know” (2014), and edited “The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks” (2014). For more about Ken, see his website at or follow him on Twitter (@varnum).

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