January 27, 2022

James Hilton Appointed Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan

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.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.