For immediate release | March 6, 2012

Scott Walter appointed College & Research Libraries editor

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the appointment of Scott Walter to the post of editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL). Walter will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2013.

“Scott brings excellent credentials to the position of editing College and Research Libraries,” said 2011-12 ACRL President Joyce L. Ogburn of the University of Utah. “Under his guidance the journal will continue to be a leading publication in our field and will likely experiment with new models of engaging its readers. Now that we are an open access journal, there are many possibilities for experimentation, and I am looking forward to seeing what develops.”

Walter will serve as editor designate from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, when he will assume full editorial responsibility. In the position of editor, Walter will also serve as chair of the C&RL Editorial Board. He succeeds Joseph J. Branin, director of libraries at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, as C&RL editor. Branin will work closely with Walter over the next year to ensure a smooth transition.

“I have made use of the research reported in C&RL in my work as a librarian and an LIS educator for over a decade, and I have been proud to contribute to the journal as an author, reviewer and member of the Editorial Board,” Walter said. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that College & Research Libraries remains at the heart of the ACRL research enterprise, maintains its reputation as the premier journal in academic librarianship and continues to promote scholarly practice in our field.”

“Scott Walter’s extensive experience in the academic research and scholarly communication processes make him the ideal person to lead C&RL further into the 21st century,” noted Christopher Millson-Martula, chair of the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee.

Walter currently serves as associate university librarian for services, associate dean of libraries and professor of library administration and library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and as an adjunct faculty member of the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. On April 30, 2012, he will assume the position of university librarian at DePaul University in Chicago.

Published since 1939, C&RL is the official scholarly research journal of ACRL. The publication enacted an open access policy in April 2011. C&RL is available online at


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David Free