Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture
Date: 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT September 22 Location: Gregg Pavilion
DePaul University Librarian Scott Walter will discuss “Library Values and the Call to Service in Academic Libraries” at the 18th Annual Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture. Please join us on Friday, September 22th at 3pm in Gregg Pavilion on the Lewis & Clark Campus. A reception will follow the lecture.
According to the American Library Association, “[the] foundation of modern librarianship rests on an essential set of core values that define, inform, and guide our professional practice.” These values, including diversity, intellectual freedom, access to information, as well as core commitments to service, social justice, and the public good, face fundamental challenges in the contemporary political environment. For academic librarians, this is a moment to consider how values-driven programs and partnerships may suggest new approaches to the design and delivery of library services, and what role the academic librarian may play as an advocate for our core values, both on campus and in the community.
Scott Walter has provided leadership for an array of innovative service programs in academic libraries over the past 15 years, including information, instructional, and outreach programs, student service and faculty development programs, and scholarly communications, data services, and digital scholarship programs. As University Librarian at DePaul University, he is overseeing the $12 million+ renovation of the John T. Richardson Library, including the establishment of university-wide partnerships centered in the Learning Commons, Scholar’s Lab, Maker Hub, and Idea Lab, and leads DePaul’s involvement with Chicago Collections, a unique consortium of libraries, museums, archives, and others across Chicago. An advocate for school libraries as an elected representative to Chicago Public Schools’ Local School Councils, Dr. Walter has worked to align the strategic initiatives of the DePaul University Library with the distinctive mission and strategic goals of the university, and to promote awareness across the university of the role of libraries, on campus and in the community, in promoting the institutional commitment to social justice.