James L. Hilton

Faculty Associate, RCGD
Vice Provost, Office Of The Provost & Executive Vp For Academic Affairs
Professor, School Of Information
University Librarian, University Library
James L. Hilton


James Hilton is University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, as well as Vice Provost for Academic 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. He has published extensively in the areas of information technology policy, person perception, stereotypes, and the psychology of suspicion.

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.

Recently Hilton helped spearhead the development and launch of the Unizin Consortium, a partnership of universities that is empowering participating institutions to exert greater control over the infrastructure, content, and data that both drive and emerge from the expanding digital learning landscape.