Michael A. Keller
University Librarian,
Director of Academic Information Resources,
Publisher of HighWire Press,
and Publisher of the Stanford University Press
Green Library
Stanford University, CA 94305-6004
650-723-5553 650-725-4902 (fax)

At Stanford, Michael A. Keller is the Ida M. Green University Librarian, Director of Academic Information Resources, Publisher of HighWire Press, and Publisher of the Stanford University Press. These titles touch on his major professional preoccupations: commitment to support of research, teaching and learning; effective deployment of information technology hand-in-hand with materials; active involvement in the evolution and growth of scholarly communication. He may be best known at present for his distinctively entrepreneurial style of librarianship. As University Librarian, he endeavors to champion deep collecting of traditional library materials (especially of manuscript and archival materials) concurrent with full engagement in emerging information technologies.  Uniquely, KellerŐs responsibilities at Stanford encompass libraries, cybraries, academic and residential computing, publishing and publishing services.


As a result of his work in collection development at Cornell, Berkeley, Yale and Stanford (see below) -- which provided broad exposure to the global publication and bookselling trades -- Keller became convinced of a need for correction in the marketplace of scholarly communications, especially journal publishing. Long involved in the great debate on serials pricing, especially in the arenas of science, technology, and medicine, he has served as advisor, consultant, and committee member to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and other scholarly societies. Thus in 1995, in response to scholars' requests for assistance to their scholarly societies, he established the HighWire Press as an enterprise within the Stanford University Libraries to provide online co-publishing services initially to three scholarly journals. As of January 2009, HighWire Press has grown to support over 1,200 high-impact STM journals among more than 130 major scholarly societies, over 1.8 million articles of which are available free online. It is also the site creation and host service for the revolutionary, online, third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, released in the Spring of 2000. Based on the successful HighWire model, Keller is now fostering development of additional information tools and services for the scholarly community.  Under his watch at Stanford, LOCKSS & CLOCKSS were developed and deployed; they are community-based, network cacheing preservation solutions, the former an open source application in wide use around the world for a variety of genres and formats and the latter a specialized version enabling major scholarly publishers to assure long-term access to e-journals despite technology and business failures.  With colleagues at Corpus Christi College of the University of Cambridge and Stanford, Keller has led the Matthew Parker Online Library project, which is digitizing a singularly important manuscript collection for the history of England.  Keller is also the co-chair of the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group co-sponsored and operated by Sun Microsystems and Stanford University.


Keller speaks at about thirty professional, high-technology, and scholarly gatherings around the world every year on topics ranging from librarianship, musicology, information topography, to national and global information policy. He limits his involvement in professional bodies and programs to those he believes most likely to result in concrete action, among which he is proud to list the Digital Library Federation, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Pacific Neighborhood Coalition, and the World Economic Forum. Toward the survival of the library profession and betterment of services to future generations of readers, he became co-founder in 1999 of the Stanford-California State Library Institute on 21st Century Librarianship, a continuing-education program focused on issues of leadership and technology in libraries. Keller has consulted for a variety of institutions and programs, including the City of Ferrara in Italy, Newsweek magazine, Princeton and Indiana Universities, and several information technology companies as well as scholarly societies.  KellerŐs board service includes Hamilton College, Long Now Foundation, JapanŐs National Institute for Informatics, the National Library of China, and Mondobiotech. Keller is a guest professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Senior Presidential Fellow of the Council on Library and Information Resources & 2008 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Advisor  & consultant to numerous scientific & scholarly societies as well as for the Newsweek Magazine, city of Ferrara (Italy), Princeton, Indiana Universities, the British Library as well as the National Library of China, & King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, he is a Siemens Stiftung Lecturer & in 2008 was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement if Science.  Keller is an appointed member of the Board on Research Data Integrity of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.


Keller was educated at Hamilton College (B.A. Biology, Music 1967), SUNY Buffalo (M.A., Musicology, 1970), and SUNY Geneseo (M.L.S., 1971). From 1973 to 1981, he served as Music Librarian and Sr. Lecturer in Musicology at Cornell University and then in a similar capacity at UC Berkeley. While at Berkeley, he also taught musicology at Stanford University and began the complete revision of the definitive Music Research and Reference Materials, an annotated bibliography popularly known as Duckles in honor of its original compiler. Yale called him to the post of Associate University Librarian and Director of Collection Development in 1986. In 1993, he joined the Stanford staff as the Ida M. Green Director of Libraries. In 1994, he was named to his current position of University Librarian and Director of Academic Information Resources. In 1995, by establishing HighWire Press, he became its publisher, and in April 2000, he was assigned similar strategic duty for the Stanford University Press. In 2010, Keller became an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.