Carolyn Mary Walters
Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries
Over the course of her decades-long career with the IU Libraries, Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries Carolyn Walters has overseen day to day operations at the IU Libraries, managing Tech Services, Collection Development, Public Services, and Archives. She was involved with facility projects like the construction of the Information Commons, the Learning Commons, Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) Module 2, the move of Archives to Wells Library and the collection to ALF, and the renovation of the Business/SPEA Library, among others. She was also instrumental in expanding the IU Libraries’ partnership with University Information Technology Services.
In 2012, Walters was appointed by Provost Robel as the founding executive director of the Office of Scholarly Publishing, which includes the IU Press and the IU Libraries’ digital publishing programs, IU ScholarWorks. Under her leadership, the office is seeking to support and strengthen the acquisitions and editorial excellence of the press and provide publishing-related services to the IU community and beyond. As part of this effort, the IU Press relocated from off-campus to the Wells Library.
Walters has been with the Indiana University Libraries for more than 25 years, during which time she has served as the Interim Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, the Director of Public Services, and the Head of Undergraduate Library Services. During her tenure, she has laid the groundwork for radical transformations that have increased access to information, tailored services to user needs and created spaces designed especially for faculty and students. She led in the creation of the Information Commons at the Herman B Wells Library, one of the nation’s first such projects integrating information technology services and library resources in an academic setting. As executive associate dean, Walters' key achievements have included launching IU's participation as the first library selected for the Google Books Project; providing oversight and support for the expansion of the IU Libraries Auxiliary Library Facility, which added space for 3.5 million library volumes; and developing effective partnerships between the IU Libraries, UITS and academic units, such as the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the College of Arts and Sciences.
With a number of publications on topics ranging from designing research commons to staff recruitment, Carolyn remains active on a local and national level through groups including the Bloomington Faculty Council, the American Library Association, the Indiana Library Federation, and Committee on Institutional Cooperation.