Dr. Scott Walter is the University Librarian at DePaul University and an adjunct
member of the faculty of DePaul’s School of Public Service and of the San Jose State
University School of Information. He has served on the faculty of 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. He has authored or edited more than 25 articles, book chapters, and
monographs, and regularly presents at local, state, national, and international
conferences. He has served in leadership positions in the Association of College &
Research Libraries and the American Educational Research Association, and was recognized
in 2012 with the ACRL “Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian” Award. 

Dr. Walter is currently serving as a member of the advisory boards of the Dominican
University Graduate School of Library & Information Science and the San Jose State
University School of Information, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago
Collections Consortium, the Catholic Research Resources Alliance, the Consortium of
Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, and the Library Publishing Coalition. Dr.
Walter is also an elected member of the Local School Council for The Nettelhorst School
(Chicago Public Schools). A member of a number of editorial boards, he is currently
serving as Editor of College & Research Libraries, the official, scholarly journal of
the Association of College & Research Libraries. 

A complete biographical statement is available upon request. 


The Expert Library: Staffing, Sustaining, and Advancing the Academic Library in the 21st Century (with Karen Williams) (2010)

In the midst of a decade of extraordinary change in academic libraries – change driven...



Public Engagement (with Lori Goetsch) (2009)

This study explores public and community engagement programs in large, research libraries in North America.

The Teaching Library: Approaches to Assessing Information Literacy Instruction (2007)

How do you make the case that your library is a valuable instruction center? The...



Instructional Improvement Programs (with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe) (2005)

This study explores instructional improvement and professional development programs in large, research libraries in North...


Book Chapters


Advocacy through Engagement: Public Engagement and the Academic Library, Advocacy, Outreach, and the Nation's Academic Libraries: A Call for Action (2010)


Improving Instruction: What Librarians can Learn from the Study of College Teaching, Currents and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change: Proceedings of the Twelfth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, April 7 - 10, 2005, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2005)

Provides an introduction to issues related to instructional improvement in academic libraries through a review...


Peer-Reviewed Articles


Librarians as Teachers: A Qualitative Inquiry into Professional Identity, College & Research Libraries (2008)

This study explores the development of “teacher identity” among academic librarians through a series of...



Moving Beyond Collections: Academic library Outreach to Multicultural Student Centers, Reference Services Review (2005)

This article explores the role that librarians can play in supporting campus-wide diversity initiatives. Reports...

Engelond: A Model for Faculty - Librarian Collaboration in the Information Age, Information Technology and Libraries (2000)

The question of how best to incorporate information literacy instruction into the academic curriculum has...


Other Articles


Assessment is Everywhere: Sharing Assessment Information and Initiatives at DePaul University, College & Research Libraries News (2014)

Provides an overview assessment activities at DePaul University and library contributions.



Financial literacy across the curriculum (and beyond): Opportunities for academic libraries (with Heather Jagman, Krystal Lewis, and Brent Nunn), College & Research Libraries News (2014)

Provides an introduction to financial literacy programs in the library and in other academic and...



Building a "Seamless Environment" for Assessment of Student Learning, Communications in Information Literacy (2009)

Assessment has been a topic of interest in higher education for decades, with its recent...



The Library as Ecosystem, Library Journal (2008)




The "Service Turn" and the Future of the Academic Library, OCLC Distinguished Seminar Series (2011)


Recruiting for Results: Assessment Skills and the Academic Library Job Market (with Megan Oakleaf), ARL Library Assessment Conference (2010)

This paper reports the results of an exploratory content analysis of academic library position descriptions...