Michael Doylen Named Permanent Director of UWM Libraries

photo of Michael DoylenDr. Michael Doylen has accepted the permanent position of Associate Vice Provost and Director of Libraries. He will assume the position on July 1, 2019.

Since 2016, Doylen has served as Director on an interim basis, steering efforts to integrate library services and collections across UWM campuses at Waukesha and Washington County to support students and faculty in the College of General Studies; leading the Libraries’ participation in UWM’s comprehensive campaign; planning facilities updates to create welcoming spaces for study, research, and collaboration; and providing strategic vision aligned with university strategic directions and goals.

He has a strong record of professional service and leadership at the state, regional, and local levels. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries and as the Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries.

Prior to his service as interim Director of Libraries, Doylen served in the UWM Libraries as Assistant Director for Archives, Special Collections and the Music Library (2012-2019), as interim Assistant Director for User Services (2010-2012), and as Head of the Archives (2003-2016). He has over 15 years of leadership in academic libraries with increasing levels of administrative responsibility. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Literature and his master of library and information science degree from UWM.

“It’s been an honor to serve as the interim Associate Vice Provost and Director of Libraries for the past three years,” says Doylen. “UWM is a special place and I’ve come to feel a strong connection with its dual mission to support both access and top-tier research through library services and resources. The success of the campus is fueled, in part, by the expert staff of the UWM Libraries who work tirelessly to support our students and faculty, and open wide our doors to the general community. I could not be more proud to lead this team of accomplished and capable people.”