Scott Walter is University Librarian at DePaul University. Prior to coming to DePaul, he served as Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also served as Professor of Library Administration and Library and Information Science, and as an affiliated faculty member in the College of Education. Dr. Walter has also served as Assistant Dean of Libraries for Information and Instructional Services at the University of Kansas, and as Interim Assistant Director for Public Services and Outreach at Washington State University. Dr. Walter has served as a member of the faculty in Education and/or Library and Information Science at the University of Kansas, Washington State University, and San Jose State University, and has collaborated with faculty and staff colleagues at these institutions to design and deliver innovative service programs in areas including critical thinking instruction, information technology services, student services, faculty development, and multicultural student affairs.
Widely engaged as an author, presenter, and leader in professional and scholarly associations, Dr. Walter's work has appeared in leading journals, including Information Technology & Libraries, Reference Services Review, Reference & User Services Quarterly, and College & Research Libraries. An expert in information literacy instruction, professional education and workplace learning, library human resources, and the strategic design and delivery of library services, Walter's full-length works include The Expert Library: Staffing, Sustaining, and Advancing the Academic Library in the 21st century (2010)(with Karen Williams), The Teaching Library: Approaches to Assessing Information Literacy Instruction (2007), and Information literacy Instruction for Educators: Professional Knowledge for an Information Age (2003) (with Dawn M. Shinew). Walter has served as the Chair of the Association of College & Research Libraries Education & Behavioral Sciences Section and of the American Educational Research Associations Communication of Research Special Interest Group. Currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of College & Research Libraries, the scholarly journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries, Dr. Walter has also served as a member of the editorial boards of journals including Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, Education Libraries, Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice, and Public Services Quarterly. Dr. Walter has also served on the editorial board of the ACRL Publications in Librarianship series and as a member of the Publications Committee of the American Library Association.
Dr. Walter received his PhD in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University, and his MLS from Indiana University. In addition, he holds advanced degrees in Education (American University), History & Philosophy of Education (Indiana University), and Russian Area Studies (Georgetown University).
Additional information may be found through Dr. Walter's Selected Works page.