Scott Walter

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Scott Walter
DePaul University


  • Administration and Management
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  • Bio

    Scott Walter received his M.A. in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University, his M.A. in Education from American University, and his M.L.S. and M.S. in History & Philosophy of Education from Indiana University. Scott completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Washington State University in 2005. Scott has pursued his continuing professional education through participation in the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program, both in the Teacher Track (1999) and the Program Track (2002), the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (2006), the ARL Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Program (2007-08), and the CIC Academic Leadership Program (2008-09). Prior to coming to Illinois, Scott served as Assistant Dean of Libraries for Information & Instructional Services at the University of Kansas, and as Interim Assistant Director of Libraries for Public Services & Outreach at Washington State University, where he had also served as Interim Head of Library Instruction and Head of the George B. Brain Education Library. Scott has also served as Collection Manager for Education at The Ohio State University Libraries, and as Humanities and Education Reference Librarian at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Outside the library, Scott has held adjunct or visiting faculty positions in the College of Education and the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the School of Education at the University of Kansas, as well as the College of Education and the General Education Program at Washington State University, and the School of Education at Indiana State University. Scott has also taught in the School of Education and the American Studies Program at Indiana University at Bloomington and in the School of Library & Information Science at San Jose State University. Scott has published a number of articles in journals such as College & Research Libraries, Information Technology & Libraries, Reference Services Review, The Reference Librarian, and Reference & User Services Quarterly. His work has also been included in edited collections published by Indiana University Press, Neal-Schuman, and the Association of College & Research Libraries. He is the co-editor of Information Literacy Instruction for Educators: Professional Knowledge for an Information Age (2003), co-author of Instructional Improvement Programs (ARL SPEC Kit No. 287) (2005) and Public Engagement (ARL SPEC Kit No. 312) (2009), and editor of The Teaching Library: Approaches to Assessing Information Literacy Instruction (2007). He also co-edited a special issue of Research Strategies on collaboration between academic libraries and student services programs (2007). He is currently serving on the Editorial Board of College & Research Libraries (2007-10). Scott has served as Chair of the ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section, as Chair of the American Educational Research Association's Communication of Research Special Interest Group, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Information Literacy, and as a member of the Taiga Forum Steering Committee. Most recently, he served as Chair of the ACRL Research Coordinating Committee, and Co-Chair of the ACRL Seattle National Conference Virtual Conference Committee.