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Scott Walter

Scott Walter is University Librarian at DePaul University, where he provides vision and leadership for strategic planning and policy direction in the areas of library services, collections, information technology, facilities, and human resources. As the university’s representative to local, state, and national associations, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) (2013-16), Catholic Research Resources Alliance (2013-16), and Library Publishing Coalition (2014-16), and as Councilor-at-Large of the American Library Association (2013-16). He has held leadership positions in the American Educational Research Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries, and is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Chicago Collections and as an Americas Regional Council representative to the OCLC Global Council.

Dr. Walter has provided leadership for an array of innovative service programs in academic libraries, including information, instructional, and outreach programs, student service and faculty development programs, and emergent services in areas such as scholarly communications, data services, and embedded librarianship. At DePaul, he is overseeing the $12 million+ renovation of the John T. Richardson Library, including the establishment of university-wide partnerships centered in the Learning Commons and Scholar’s Lab, and leading DePaul’s involvement with Chicago Collections, a unique collaboration among libraries, museums and archives across Chicago. As Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he oversaw more than $15 million in upgrades to library facilities, provided leadership for the design of the Scholarly Commons and Media Commons, as well as for the launch of the International and Area Studies Library, served as liaison to campus strategic planning initiatives and assessment programs, and as Co-Chair of the Provost’s Library/IT Fee Advisory Committee. As Assistant Dean of Libraries for Information and Instructional Services at the University of Kansas, he provided leadership for the design of instructional programs integrating information literacy instruction, scholarly communications education, and technology training, as well as for campus-wide programs in data services and student information services, e.g., KU Info.

Dr. Walter currently holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Dominican University School of Information Studies and the San Jose State University School of Information. Previously, he held appointments at Washington State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he held the rank of Professor of Library Administration and Library & Information Science. Currently serving as a member of advisory boards for Dominican University, San Jose State University, and the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, he is deeply engaged in the design and delivery of LIS education, both in the field and in the classroom. Speaking regularly on topics such as strategic planning, assessment of library services, information literacy instruction, and the future of academic libraries, Walter has delivered keynote addresses to individual libraries, state library associations, national programs sponsored by LOEX and OCLC, and international programs such as Elsevier’s LibraryConnect seminars in New Zealand, Malaysia, and Thailand, as well as professional development programs in China sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Dr. Walter has served on the editorial boards of scholarly journals, edited four collections of essays, and authored more than 25 articles, book chapters, and monographs. He has been elected to leadership positions in the Association of College & Research Libraries and the American Educational Research Association, and has served on the Executive Committees of the National Education Network, the Institute for Information Literacy, and the Taiga Forum. Walter has served as Project Director for a “Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian” planning grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and as Convener of the ACRL International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group. He served on the editorial board of College & Research Libraries from 2008-16, including as editor-in-chief from 2012-16. As editor of one of the most highly ranked journals in the field, he maintained a rigorous standard for quality while leading the transition to an open-access, digital-only publishing model, and pioneering new approaches for the use of open archives, altmetrics, and social media engagement with readers and authors.

Dr. Walter has been selected as a Research Library Leadership Fellow by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and as an Academic Leadership Program Fellow by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), and has served as a Career Coach in the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program. As a CIC Fellow, Walter was part of the team that developed the “Mid-Career Faculty Symposium” at the University of Illinois. In 2012, Walter received the “Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian” award from the ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section, and, in 2016, he was selected to join the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Senior Fellows Program

Scott Walter holds a B.S. in Russian and Linguistics from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Russian Area Studies, also from Georgetown, an M.A. in Education from American University, an M.L.S. and an M.S. in History & Philosophy of Education from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University.

More information on Dr. Walter’s scholarly work is available through his Selected Works page. More information on strategic initiatives pursued by the DePaul University Library under his leadership is available through the library’s Full-Text and Faculty News blogs.