Dr. Scott Walter Candidate for ALA President (Elections Open March 13)March 10, 2017
(via the American Library Association)
Remember that the 2017 ALA elections run from Monday, March 13, through Wednesday, April 5. The candidate biography below is from ALA’s Guide to the 2017 Elections. To view the full version, click here.
Dr. Scott Walter is University Librarian at DePaul University, Chicago.
An ALA member for 20 years, Dr. Walter was a member of the ALA Council from 2013 to 2016. He served on the ALA Publishing Committee from 2014 to 2016, in addition to participating in numerous committees within the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). From 2013 to 2016, he served as editor-in-chief of the ACRL journal of record, College & Research Libraries.
Dr. Walter is also an active member of OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center, in which he has held various positions, including as a current Americas Regional Council Delegate to Global Council. He is a 2016 participant in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Senior Fellow Program, and he received the ACRL Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award in 2012.
Dr. Walter recently provided leadership for the design and launch of Chicago Collections, a unique consortium of academic libraries, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and others dedicated to the preservation, discovery, and use of materials and expertise related to the City of Chicago. As an elected representative to a Chicago Local School Council, he collaborates with K–12 librarians, teachers, principals, and parents to advocate for school libraries and librarians in Chicago public schools.
Dr. Walter has been engaged in professional-education programs for librarians for more than a decade, and he has served as an adjunct member of the faculty in LIS programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, San Jose State University, and Dominican University.