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Tom Walker Named Interim Dean of Wayne State University Library System

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Tom Walker, image courtesy of Wayne State

Wayne State University (WSU) has appointed Tom Walker interim dean of the WSU Library System, which includes the university’s libraries; the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs; and the School of Information Sciences. This interim appointment went into effect on August 1, 2022.

Walker has served as associate dean of the Wayne State University School of Information Sciences since 2019. Before joining Wayne State, he was interim dean of Libraries and associate dean and director of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University.

Walker spent a large part of his career at the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM). After gaining tenure and promotion, he left for an opportunity to direct the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. He returned to UWM four years later to serve as interim dean and as associate professor of the School of Information Studies. While he was associate professor at UWM, he was also executive director of the Wisconsin Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Library of Congress.

Walker received his doctorate in information studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a bachelor’s in music from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master of arts in library science from the University of Chicago. He also holds a master’s in music history, literature, and theory from Northwestern University.

At Wayne State, Walker will serve as interim dean while the university searches for a successor to Jon Cawthorne, who stepped down after serving as dean of the WSU Library System for five years.

For more information about Walker and this appointment, see the Wayne State University news release “Tom Walker Appointed Interim Dean of Wayne State University Library System.”