Halbert has served as the dean of libraries and associate professor at the University of North Texas since 2009. Halbert also serves as president the board of directors of the Educopia Institute, a growing international alliance of cultural memory organizations that was one of the founding partners of the US National Digital Preservation Program. Prior to this appointment, he served as the director for digital innovations and earlier as the director for digital programs and systems at Emory University Libraries. Previous positions have included appointments at Rice University, a consultant for the IBM Corporation and a programmer for the University of Texas. Early in his career, Halbert was an ALA/USIA Library Fellow stationed in Estonia, assisting with the automation of the Tartu University Library.
He has served as principal investigator for grants and contracts totaling more than $6 million during the past six years, funding more than a dozen large-scale collaborative projects among many educational institutions. His doctoral research and subsequent projects have focused on exploring the future of research library services.
Halbert received his Ph.D from Emory University, an MLIS from the University of Texas and a BA from Rice University.
Updated April 22, noon.