From The Michigan Daily:
The University’s Board of Regents convened Thursday at the University’s Dearborn campus to review a selection of infrastructure and personnel changes. Among these items was the appointment of Information prof. James L. Hilton as the dean of libraries
As vice president and chief information officer of the University of Virginia, Hilton continued to serve roles at the University that included special assistant to the provost for media rights, associate provost for academic information and instructional technology affairs and interim University librarian. Hilton has signed on to a five-year agreement.
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“As dean of libraries and university librarian, James’ vision and leadership will be essential to our ability to address the changing nature of information acquisition and knowledge dissemination,” said Provost Martha E. Pollack in recommending Hilton for appointment. “As a tenured professor in the School of Information, he will contribute to the study and design of information access and preservation.”
Hilton’s appointments are for five years, starting Sept. 1. He will succeed Paul N. Courant, who is stepping down after serving as dean of libraries and university librarian since 2007.
Hilton comes to U-M from the University of Virginia, where, since 2006, he has been the vice president and chief information officer, and a professor of psychology. At Virginia he has been responsible for planning and coordinating academic and administrative information technology, voice communications and network operations across the university.
He remains engaged with the library community at the national level, currently leading the creation of the Digital Preservation Network, an archival backbone designed to catch and preserve discoveries for future generations.