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About Scott Walter

Dr. Scott Walter is a library leader, scholar, educator, and consultant with almost 20 years of experience in senior library leadership in public and private research university libraries, including, most recently, as Associate University Librarian for Services and Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006-12) and University Librarian at DePaul University (2012-18). Currently serving as University Librarian and University Copyright Officer at Illinois Wesleyan University, and Professor in The Ames Library, he has also served on the faculty of DePaul University, 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 and Information Science. Under his leadership, the DePaul University Library was recognized on campus with the annual assessment award from the Center for Teaching and Learning, as well as individual service awards from the Office of Mission and Values, and, more broadly, through a nomination for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and a feature story in the Chronicle of Higher Education, entitled “What the 21st-Century Library Looks Like” (2017).

Dr. Walter 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, including as Editor-in-Chief of the ACRL journal of record, College & Research Libraries, 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 San Jose State University School of Information and the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, and as an adjunct member of the faculty of the San Jose State University School of Information. He served previously as a member of the Board of Directors of Chicago Collections, as well as the Catholic Research Resources Alliance, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, and Library Publishing Coalition. Dr. Walter has also served in a number of other elected positions, including as Councilor-at-Large of the American Library Association, Americas Regional Council Representative to the OCLC Global Council, and as a member of the Local School Councils for Walter Payton College Prep High School and Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School (both Chicago Public Schools).

A complete biographical statement is available upon request.


2012 - 2018 University Librarian, DePaul University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • ACRL Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian
  • CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow
  • ARL Research Libraries Leadership Fellow
  • UCLA Senior Fellow


2003 - 2005 PhD, Washington State University ‐ College of Education
1997 - 1998 MLS, Indiana University Bloomington ‐ School of Informatics and Computing
1991 - 1993 M.S., American University ‐ School of Education
1988 - 1990 M.A., Georgetown University

Contact Information

Scott Walter, MLS, PhD
Professor and University Librarian
University Copyright Officer
Illinois Wesleyan University

Lecturer, School of Information, San Jose State University

Twitter: @slwalter123


Books (4)

Book Chapters (2)

Peer-Reviewed Articles (3)

Keynotes (4)

Presentations (3)