William H. Walters

Executive Director


William H. Walters has served in faculty and staff positions at Cornell University, St. Lawrence University, Menlo College, Millersville University, and the Providence VA Medical Center.  He has taught cartography, economic geography, and empirical research methods.  His current research interests include scholarly communication and documentation, academic librarianship, library collection development, and educational assessment. 

William's work has appeared in more than 30 journals including those of the American Library Association, the Royal Geographical Society, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the International Cartographic Association, the Gerontological Society of America, the Regional Science Association International, and the Association for Information Science and Technology.

He serves on the Editorial Board of Portal: Libraries and the Academy and has been a consultant to the Oberlin Group, the Oklahoma Disability Study, the Sociometrics Corporation, and The City University of New York.


  • Ph.D., Sociology (demography and medical sociology), Brown University, May 2002.
  • M.A., Geography, University of Vermont, May 1992.
  • New York State Public Librarian's Professional Certificate, Dec. 1989.
  • M.L.S., Library Science, SUNY University at Buffalo, Sept. 1989.
  • B.A., Geography, SUNY College at Geneseo, May 1988.
  • Attended high schools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and High Wycombe, England.
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    • W.H. Walters.  Beyond use statistics: recall, precision, and relevance in the assessment and management of academic libraries.  Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, in press.
    • W.H. Walters.  The faculty subculture, the librarian subculture, and librarians’ scholarly productivity.  Portal: Libraries and the Academy 16, 4 (Oct. 2016), 817–843.
    • W.H. Walters and Esther Isabelle Wilder.  Disciplinary, national, and departmental contributions to the literature of library and information science, 2007–2012.  Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 67, 6 (June 2016), 1487–1506.
    • W.H. Walters.  Faculty status of librarians at U.S. research universities.  Journal of Academic Librarianship 42, 2 (Mar. 2016), 161–171.
    • W.H. Walters.  Information sources and indicators for the assessment of journal reputation and impact.  The Reference Librarian 57, 1 (Jan.–Mar. 2016), 13–22.
    • W.H. Walters.  Evaluating online resources for college and university libraries: assessing value and cost based on academic needs.  Serials Review 42, 1 (Jan.–Mar. 2016), 10–17.
    • W.H. Walters.  The research contributions of editorial board members in library and information science.  Journal of Scholarly Publishing 47, 2 (Jan. 2016), 121–146.  Featured in The Informed Librarian Online.
    • W.H. Walters.  Do editorial board members in library and information science publish disproportionately in the journals for which they serve as board members?  Journal of Scholarly Publishing 46, 4 (July 2015), 343–354.
    • W.H. Walters and Esther Isabelle Wilder.  Worldwide contributors to the literature of library and information science: top authors, 2007–2012.  Scientometrics 103, 1 (Apr. 2015), 301–327.
    • W.H. Walters.  E-books in academic libraries: challenges for sharing and use.  Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 46, 2 (June 2014), 85–95.  Featured in The Informed Librarian Online.
    • W.H. Walters.  Do Article Influence scores overestimate the citation impact of social science journals in subfields that are related to higher-impact natural science disciplines?  Journal of Informetrics 8, 2 (Apr. 2014), 421–430.
    • W.H. Walters.  E-books in academic libraries: challenges for discovery and access.  Serials Review 39, 2 (June 2013), 97–104.
    • W.H. Walters.  E-books in academic libraries: challenges for acquisition and collection management.  Portal: Libraries and the Academy 13, 2 (Apr. 2013), 187–211.
    • W.H. Walters.  Patron-driven acquisition and the educational mission of the academic library.  Library Resources & Technical Services 56, 3 (July 2012), 199–213.
    • W.H. Walters.  Comparative recall and precision of simple and expert searches in Google Scholar and eight other databases.  Portal: Libraries and the Academy 11, 4 (Oct. 2011), 971–1006.
    • W.H. Walters and Anne C. Linvill.  Bibliographic index coverage of open-access journals in six subject areas.  Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 62, 8 (Aug. 2011), 1614–1628.
    • Philip M. Davis and W.H. Walters.  The impact of free access to the scientific literature: a review of recent research.  Journal of the Medical Library Association 99, 3 (July 2011), 208–217.
    • W.H. Walters and Anne C. Linvill.  Characteristics of Open Access journals in six subject areas.  College & Research Libraries 72, 4 (July 2011), 372–392.
    • Cheryl S. Collins and W.H. Walters.  Open Access journals in college library collections.  The Serials Librarian 59, 2 (Aug.–Sept. 2010), 194–214.  Reprinted in Serials collection management in recessionary times (Karen Lawson, editor; Routledge, 2011), 58–78.
    • W.H. Walters.  Google Scholar search performance: comparative recall and precision.  Portal: Libraries and the Academy 9, 1 (Jan. 2009), 5–24.  Featured in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.
    • Carol Cady, W.H. Walters, William Olsen, Eric Williams-Bergen, and Bart Harloe.  Geographic information services in the undergraduate college: organizational models and alternatives.  Cartographica 43, 4 (Winter 2008), 239–255.
    • W.H. Walters.  Journal prices, book acquisitions, and sustainable college library collections.  College & Research Libraries 69, 6 (Nov. 2008), 576–586.
    • W.H. Walters.  A fund allocation formula based on demand, cost, and supply.  Library Quarterly 78, 3 (July 2008), 303–314.
    • W.H. Walters.  A regression-based approach to library fund allocation.  Library Resources & Technical Services 51, 4 (Oct. 2007), 263–278.  Best of LRTS Award, June 2008.
    • W.H. Walters and Esther Isabelle Wilder.  The cost implications of open-access publishing in the life sciences.  BioScience 57, 7 (July–Aug. 2007), 619–625.
    • W.H. Walters.  Google Scholar coverage of a multidisciplinary field.  Information Processing & Management 43, 4 (July 2007), 1121–1132.
    • W.H. Walters.  Institutional journal costs in an open access environment.  Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 58, 1 (Jan. 1, 2007), 108–120.  Featured in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice.
    • W.H. Walters.  Criteria for replacing print journals with online journal resources: the importance of sustainable access.  Library Resources & Technical Services 48, 4 (Oct. 2004), 300–304.
    • W.H. Walters and Esther Isabelle Wilder.  Bibliographic index coverage of a multidisciplinary field.  Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 54, 14 (Dec. 2003), 1305–1312.
    • W.H. Walters.  Expertise and evidence in the assessment of library service quality.  Performance Measurement and Metrics 4, 3 (2003), 98–102.
    • W.H. Walters.  Video media acquisitions in a college library.  Library Resources & Technical Services 47, 4 (Oct. 2003), 160–170.
    • W.H. Walters and Esther Isabelle Wilder.  Disciplinary perspectives on later-life migration in the core journals of social gerontology.  The Gerontologist 43, 5 (Oct. 2003), 758–760.
    • W.H. Walters.  Later-life migration in the United States: a review of recent research.  CPL Bibliography 366.  Journal of Planning Literature 17, 1 (Aug. 2002), 37–66.
    • W.H. Walters.  Place characteristics and later-life migration.  Research on Aging 24, 2 (Mar. 2002), 243–277.
    • W.H. Walters.  Types and patterns of later-life migration.  Geografiska Annaler Series B (Human Geography) 82B, 3 (2000), 129–147.
    • W.H. Walters.  Assessing the impact of place characteristics on human migration: the importance of migrants’ intentions and enabling attributes.  Area 32, 1 (Mar. 2000), 119–123.
    • W.H. Walters.  Building and maintaining a numeric data collection.  Journal of Documentation 55, 3 (June 1999), 271–287.
    • W.H. Walters.  Climate indices for use in social and behavioral research.  IASSIST Quarterly 23, 1 (Spring 1999), 14–22.
    • W.H. Walters, Samuel G. Demas, Linda Stewart, and Jennifer Weintraub.  Guidelines for collecting aggregations of web resources.  Information Technology and Libraries 17, 3 (Sept. 1998), 157–160.
    • Esther Isabelle Wilder and W.H. Walters.  Ethnic and religious components of the Jewish income advantage, 1969 and 1989.  Sociological Inquiry 68, 3 (Summer/Aug. 1998), 426–436.
    • W.H. Walters and Esther Isabelle Wilder.  American Jewish household income, 1969 and 1989.  Journal of Economic and Social Measurement 23, 3 (1997), 197–212.
    • W.H. Walters.  Place characteristics in elderly migration research.  Bulletin of Bibliography 51, 4 (Dec. 1994), 341–354.
    • W.H. Walters.  Climate and U.S. elderly migration rates.  Papers in Regional Science 73, 3 (July 1994), 309–329.


    • W.H. Walters.  Judge Russell correspondence in the Menlo College Archive.  Menlo College, 2013.  23 pages.  Excerpted in Through the gates: eighty-five years of Menlo College and its times (Pamela Gullard; Menlo College, 2014), 65.
    • Esther Isabelle Wilder and W.H. Walters.  Voices from the heartland: the needs and rights of individuals with disabilities.  Brookline Books, 2005.  183 pages.  Selected as an Academic Essential in the field of social work by YBP Library Services.
    • Gregory W. Lawrence, William R. Kehoe, Oya Y. Rieger, W.H. Walters, and Anne R. Kenney.  Risk management of digital information: a file format investigation.  Council on Library and Information Resources, 2000.  75 pages.  Favorably reviewed in the Journal of Academic Librarianship.  Featured in RLG DigiNews.

    Other Publications

    • Linda K. Smith, Lisa Velarde, Cheryl S. Collins, Anne C. Linvill, W.H. Walters, and Sarah Clatterbuck.  Bowman Library research skills tutorial.  PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online.  Feb. 2013.  Selected as PRIMO Site of the Month in Dec. 2013.
    • W.H. Walters.  Distance learning doctorates.  Telicom 25, 3 (Third Quarter / July–Sept. 2012), 20–28.
    • Esther Isabelle Wilder and W.H. Walters.  Leisure and activities.  In Experiencing aging: a social gerontology reader (Desirée Ciambrone and Voon Chin Phua, editors; Linus Publications, 2007), 367–369.  Reprinted in the 2009 edition.
    • W.H. Walters.  Should libraries acquire books that are widely held elsewhere?  A brief investigation with implications for consortial book selection.  Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 32, 3 (Feb.–Mar. 2006), 25–27.
    • Esther Isabelle Wilder and W.H. Walters.  Jewish needy declining.  (Letter to the editor.)  Jewish Daily Forward 106, 31468 (Oct. 24, 2003), 8.
    • W.H. Walters.  Types and determinants of later-life migration.  Ph.D. thesis, Brown University, May 2002.  261 pages.
    • W.H. Walters.  A digital map of Public-Use Microdata Areas in the 1990 U.S. Census.  Cartographic Journal 34, 1 (June 1997), 29–30.
    • W.H. Walters.  The climatic determinants of elderly migration.  M.A. thesis, University of Vermont, May 1992.  141 pages.

    Presentations, Reports and Web Sites

    • Author of 26 conference papers and invited lectures in higher education, librarianship, and the social sciences.
    • Author of 25 reports and policy documents on accreditation, assessment, strategic planning, academic rank and tenure, access services, collection development, compensation and salaries, copyright law, general education, geographic information services, information literacy, integrated library systems, library instruction, library staffing, licensing of information resources, metadata, premedical education, and retirement benefits.
    • Co-developer of the Bowman Library web site (2009), the Bowman Library Research Skills Tutorial (2012), the Menlo College Research Paper Series (2013), and the Menlo College publishing imprint (2013).

    Funded Projects, Awards and Fellowships

    • Faculty Fellow, Collegium, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, June 2016.
    • Senior Research Fellow, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry, July 2015 to present.
    • Dean’s Award for Scholarship, Menlo College, May 2014.  Awarded to one faculty member each year.
    • Visiting Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, July 2011.
    • Best of LRTS Award, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, June 2008.  For the best paper in Library Resources & Technical Services in 2007.
    • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, June 2007.  One of 19 members admitted to Fellowship in 2007.
    • Technology for Teaching grant, St. Lawrence University, Sept.–Dec. 2001.  Citation indexing in support of the science curriculum.  W.H. Walters and Eric Williams-Bergen.
    • Internal grant, Cornell University, Jan.–May 1999.  University-wide access to GIS data, technology, and user support.  Susan Greaves, Philip Herold, and W.H. Walters.
    • National Research Service Award, National Institute on Aging, Sept. 1991–Aug. 1995.  Types and determinants of later-life migration.
    • University Fellow, Brown University, Sept. 1991–Aug. 1992.
    • Graduate Research Fellow, University of Vermont, June–Aug. 1991.  The climatic determinants of elderly migration.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships


    • Executive Director (Librarian), Mary Alice & Tom O’Malley Library, Manhattan College, July 2014 to present.
    • Dean of Library Services, Menlo College, Oct. 2007–June 2014.
    • Professor of Library and Information Science, Menlo College, Aug. 2013–June 2014.
    • WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer, Menlo College, Jan.–June 2014.
    • Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Menlo College, Nov. 2007–Aug. 2013.
    • Interim Director, Office of Information Technology, Menlo College, Aug.–Sept. 2009.
    • Collection Development Librarian (Assistant Professor of Librarianship), Millersville University, Aug. 2005–Oct. 2007.
    • Collection Development Coordinator and Acquisitions Librarian, St. Lawrence University, Jan. 2000–Aug. 2005.
    • Interim Technical Services Coordinator, St. Lawrence University, July 2004–Aug. 2005.
    • Social Science Bibliographer (Senior Assistant Librarian), Cornell University, July 1999–Jan. 2000.
    • Bibliographer and Data Librarian (Assistant Librarian), Cornell University, Jan. 1997–June 1999.
    • Data Manager, Dermatoepidemiology Unit, Providence VA Medical Center, Aug. 1995–Nov. 1996.
    • Predoctoral Associate, Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University, Sept. 1991–Aug. 1995.
    • Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Vermont, Sept. 1989–May 1991.
    Board Memberships
    • Member, Editorial Board, Portal: Libraries and the Academy, Jan. 2009 to present.
    • Member, Board of Directors, Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, Sept. 2011–June 2014.  SCELC manages license negotiation, consortial purchasing, and related initiatives for more than 240 college and research libraries.


    • Research Consultant, Numeracy Infusion for College Educators (NICE) project, City University of New York, May–June 2016.
    • Research Consultant, Survey Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) project, City University of New York, Dec. 2015–Jan. 2016.
    • Faculty Development Consultant, Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE) project, City University of New York, June–Aug. 2015.
    • Research Consultant, Pulse of New York (PONY) project, City University of New York, Jan. 2015.
    • Narrator and Video Production Consultant, NICHE project, City University of New York, Mar.–May 2014.
    • Research Consultant, NICHE project, City University of New York, Dec. 2010–Jan. 2011.  Helped prepare a successful grant application for a $600,000 project funded by the National Science Foundation.
    • Quality Assurance Consultant, Sociometrics Corporation, Oct. 2005 and July 2010.
    • Research Consultant, Integrating Data Analysis into the Curriculum (IDA) project, City University of New York, Dec. 2003–Jan. 2004.  Helped prepare a successful grant application for a $175,000 project funded by the National Science Foundation.
    • Assessment Consultant, Oberlin Group, Mar.–Nov. 2003.
    • Research Consultant, Oklahoma Disability Study, May 2001–June 2002.


    • Reviewed 87 article manuscripts, 1994 to present, for BioScience; Cartographica; Computers & Education; Demography; Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy; ICES Journal of Marine Science; Information Processing & Management; Journal of Academic Librarianship; Journal of Environmental Planning and Management; Journal of Planning Literature; Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology; Portal: Libraries and the Academy; Regional Studies; Research on Aging; Scientometrics; and Serials Review.
    • Grant reviewer for the City University of New York and the Royal Society of New Zealand.  External promotion and tenure reviewer for a doctoral research university.  Product reviewer for EBSCO, Elsevier, and Wiley-Blackwell.

    University Service

    • Served on more than 30 university-wide committees, including committees on academic affairs, accreditation, assessment, budget and finance, course scheduling, curriculum development, early entrance to college, enrollment management, first-year experience, general education, grants administration, honorary degrees, information technology, research funding, retirement benefits, senior theses, strategic planning, university publications, veterans’ affairs, and web site development.
    • Served on more than 35 library committees at six universities; chaired many of them.

    Continuing Education

    • Completed workshops and short courses on academic program assessment, accreditation, active learning strategies, Blackboard and Moodle, Catholic higher education, computer networking, copyright law, data management, distance education, e-book technology, geographic information systems, higher education funding, human resource management, information literacy assessment, letterpress printing, library systems, library organization and staffing, license review and negotiation, market research, project management, research ethics, sexual harassment prevention and response, survey design and analysis, technical writing, and technology management.