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 Association’s Communication of Research Special Interest Group. Currently a member of the editorial boards of the ACRL Publications in Librarianship series, Public Services Quarterly, and other journals, Dr. Walter has been named the incoming Editor of College & Research Libraries.
Dr. Walter received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University, and his M.L.S. 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.