January 23, 2022

Academic Libraries: DePaul University Appoints Scott Walter As University Librarian

From the News Release:

DePaul University has appointed Scott Walter as university librarian. Walter currently serves as associate university librarian for services and associate dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Walter also holds faculty appointments as professor of library administration and professor of library and information science and has held affiliate appointments in the College of Education.

When Walter joins DePaul on April 30, he will oversee the libraries’ collection of more than 800,000 volumes housed in the John T. Richardson Library on the Lincoln Park Campus and DePaul’s Loop Campus Library. In addition, DePaul’s libraries hold special collections that include university and Vincentian archives as well as rare books and manuscripts.


At the University of Illinois, Walter provided leadership for librarywide public, technical and administrative services programs and was a library liaison to campus strategic planning initiatives and assessment programs. He also oversaw more than $15 million in upgrades to library facilities and provided leadership for the design of its Scholarly Commons and Media Commons.

Walter, 44, originally from Binghamton, NY, has been elected to leadership positions in the American Library Association and the American Educational Research Association. He has published articles in journals such as College & Research Libraries, Information Technology and Libraries, Reference Services Review, The Reference Librarian, and Reference & User Services Quarterly. Walter is currently serving on the editorial boards of College & Research Libraries and ACRL Publications in Librarianship.

Prior to the University of Illinois, Walter served as assistant dean of libraries for information and instructional services at the University of Kansas and as interim assistant director of libraries for public services and outreach at Washington State University.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.