CHICAGO – Scott Walter, former head education librarian at Washington State University and alumnus, has been appointed university librarian at DePaul University in Chicago.
The appointment follows two other honors for Walter:
• Receiving the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award. A prize of $2,500 and a citation will be presented June 23 at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim.
• Being appointed editor for “College & Research Libraries.” He will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2013.
Walter now serves as associate university librarian for services and associate dean of libraries at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds faculty appointments as professor of library administration and professor of library and information science and has held affiliate appointments in the UI 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.
While at WSU, Walter was head of the Education Library from 2001-2002, and served as interim assistant director for public services and outreach. He continued as the subject specialist for higher education from 2002-2004. He received his doctoral degree in higher education administration in 2005.



In a note sharing his news with the WSU College of Education, Walter said he was drawn to librarianship by the opportunity to combine his interests in research and teaching in a field which was then ripe with employment opportunities. He added that almost all of his WSU courses proved valuable to his work as a library administrator, but two that had direct relevance were Higher Education Administration with Professor Kelly Ward and Student Affairs Administration with Assistant Professor Willie Heggins.

“It is the foundational knowledge that these courses provided me about other areas of the academy (with which librarians often collaborate) that have helped me to identify new opportunities, foster new relationships with campus colleagues, and better see the role of the library within the broader enterprises of higher education, teaching, and scholarly communication,” he said.
Walter holds four master’s degrees: in Russian studies from Georgetown University and in education from American University; in library science, and history and philosophy of education from Indiana University. He is a native of Binghamton, N.Y.