John T. Butler is the Associate University Librarian for Data & Technology at the University of Minnesota. Previously, he served for five years as the inaugural Director of the University of Minnesota’s Digital Library Development Lab, which produced systems, architecture, integrations, and tools for the online research library.
His work in library information technology began in the late 1980s with innovative pre-web research-workflow support systems, and accelerated in the 1990s, when he led a four-year grant-funded program to implement a comprehensive array of library services to distance and distributed learners at one of the largest research institutions in the United States. For several years, Butler also served as Head of the Science and Engineering Library at the University of Minnesota. More recently, Butler has played leadership roles in multiple virtual community development projects, involving disciplines such as bioethics and food policy research.
Recently, Butler has served as a member of the HathiTrust Strategic Advisory Board and currently on the HathiTrust Program Steering Committee. He has recently been appointed to the Minnesota Digital Library Governance Committee. Butler is presently Principal Investigator of recently awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Knight Foundation (both via the Open Knowledge Commons) in support of the Minnesota Digital Library’s Service Hub role in the Digital Public Library of America. He is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences and has authored several articles and chapters related to technology and information services.