Walter announces candidacy for 2018-19 ALA presidency

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/28/2016


JoAnne Kempf

Director, Office of ALA Governance

Office of ALA Governance

CHICAGO – Scott Walter, university librarian, DePaul University, Chicago, has filed as a petition candidate for the 2018-19 presidency of the American Library Association.

An ALA member for 20 years, Walter served on the ALA council 2013-16. He served on the ALA Publishing Committee 2014-16, as well as numerous committees within the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Between 2013-16, he served as editor-in-chief of the ACRL journal of record, College & Research Libraries.

Walter is also an active member of OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center where 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 received the ACRL Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award in 2012.

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.

Walter has been engaged in professional education programs for librarians for more than a decade, and has served as an adjunct member of the faculty in LIS programs at the University of Illinois, San Jose State University, and Dominican University. He is a frequent speaker and published author in areas such as information literacy instruction, library assessment, and the future of library services.

“Libraries, archives, museums, and the people who work in them have a critical role to play in a world where challenges to intellectual freedom, equitable access to information, and informed citizenship seem greater than they have in decades,” said Walter. “ALA has a unique opportunity to bring people together in support of the core values of our profession with an eye toward empowering our members and their allies to advocate for libraries, library staff, and the people who depend on the library to make a difference in their lives. I will bring strong experience in libraries and a commitment to values-centered leadership, member empowerment, and activism at the grassroots level to the ALA presidency. I will make it my mission to work with members across the country and around the world to answer the key questions of how ALA makes a difference in their lives, and how, through ALA, our libraries can be the force for good in our communities that they need to be today.”     

Walter holds a PhD in higher education administration from Washington State University, an MS in History and Philosophy of Education from Indiana University Bloomington, an MLS also from Indiana University Bloomington, an MA in Education from American University, an MA in Russian Area Studies, a BS in Russian, and a BS in Linguistics, all from Georgetown University.

Walter will join presidential candidates Terri Grief and Loida Garcia-Febo in a candidates’ forum from 4:30 - 5:30 pm on Saturday, January 21, during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The candidates will each have an opportunity to make a statement and will answer questions from the audience.

Individuals who were not selected by the Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. Members who are interested in running for office by petition may do so by completing a petition form with the signatures of no fewer than 25 ALA current personal members. Once the petition process is completed, petition candidates and nominated candidates are treated exactly the same. They are not differentiated on the ballot because they are on equal footing and are all viable candidates for these positions.

Beginning with the 2017 elections, the period for filing petitions runs from the first Wednesday in October through the first Wednesday in December. This form must be filed with the ALA Executive Director no later than December 7, 2016.

Ballot mailing for the 2017 ALA election will begin on March 13, 2017 and will run through April 5, 2017.  Individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2017 in order to vote in the 2017 ALA election.