John Wilkin

John Price Wilkin[1] is an American librarian whose work has primarily been in development of digital library technologies and research library management. He is currently the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Wilkin received his BA in English and Education from Antioch College (1979), his MA in English from the University of Virginia (1980), and his MLS from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1986).


After an initial career as a high school English teacher in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wilkin began work in research libraries, first through the Research Library Residency Program at the University of Michigan. His early jobs included working as the Data Services Librarian at the University of Michigan, where he developed a service (UMLibText) that made SGML-encoded text available to the campus through pre-web technologies, and then at the University of Virginia where he directed the development of web-based digital technologies (1992–1994). He established the Humanities Text Initiative at the University of Michigan in 1994. In 1996, he was appointed the first director of the Digital Library Production Service,[2] where he led in the development of online text and journal initiatives, including supporting the creation of the Making of America. He was appointed Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology at Michigan in 2002, led Michigan in its creation of and participation in the Google Books Library Project, and served as Interim co-director of the Library in 2006-2007. In 2012, he was also appointed Associate University Librarian for Publishing, overseeing MPublishing, which had previously incorporated the Scholarly Publishing Office and the University of Michigan Press. He played a central role in creating HathiTrust in 2008 and served as the Executive Director (later Chief Executive Officer) of HathiTrust until 2013. Wilkin served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Designate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from February 2017 through January 2018.


  • 2011 LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology [3]


  1. ^ DFREE (2019-02-05). "John Price Wilkin wins 2019 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award". News and Press Center. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  2. ^ Digital Pioneers
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