Kevin Butterfield, director of bibliographic and digital services and interim librarian at the University of Richmond’s Boatwright Memorial Library, has been named university librarian after a national search.
Butterfield will assume his new responsibilities April 16. He replaces James Rettig, who resigned to become library director and associate dean at the U.S. Naval Academy.
As university librarian, Butterfield will provide leadership and overall management of the library and its components. He will be responsible for budget oversight, planning, goal setting, personnel, policies and allocation of resources.
“Kevin Butterfield has a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for academic libraries,” said Kathy Monday, vice president for information services. “He has demonstrated effective leadership and vision, and will serve as a strong advocate for the library both within the university and the community at large.”
Butterfield came to Boatwright Library in 2009, after serving as head of technical services at the Wolf Law Library at The College of William and Mary. He served in a similar capacity at the University of Illinois’ Albert E. Jenner Jr. Memorial Law Library. He held technical services and associate and assistant librarian positions at Southern Illinois University’s law library and University of Michigan’s graduate library.
Butterfield earned a bachelor of arts degree in American history and a master in library science degree, both from Indiana University, Bloomington. He attended the Rare Book School at University of Virginia and the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.
He has been president of the Virginia Association of Law Libraries and a member of the advisory group for the Virginia Law Libraries Digital Collections Consortium’s project to digitize records and briefs of the Virginia Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and has chaired several of its committees; the American Library Association; and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries.
Butterfield has written numerous articles, book reviews and conference papers. He also has presented at conferences and symposia of the American Association of Law Libraries, state library sponsored consortia and technical services groups.
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