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Thomas Walker, Ph.D.

Thomas Walker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

611310 School of Information Studies
Office:NWQB 3463
Phone:(414) 229-2904
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Thomas Walker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate School of Library and Information Science

M.A. The University of Chicago, Graduate Library School

M.M. Northwestern University (Musicology)

B.M. University of Colorado at Boulder (Musicology)

B.M. University of Colorado at Boulder (Piano Performance)


Thomas D. Walker teaches undergraduate and graduate, including foundations courses for the MLIS and BSIST, Library Architecture, Organization of Knowledge, Resources in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and others. His early interests were in music history and literature (B.M., University of Colorado; M.M., Northwestern University [Ph.D. ABD]) and piano performance (B.M., University of Colorado); but because of the interdisciplinary nature of library and information studies and better career prospects, he switched to LIS (M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Illinois). His professional experience ranges from public services in corporate and public libraries to indexing/abstracting for a government database and indexing and cataloging for a trade association. He has acquired much international experience through studies at the University of Regensburg (Germany), the University of Vienna, and the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, as well as through teaching, research, and conference presentations in Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Hong Kong, Mexico, and China. He strongly encourages both undergraduate and graduate students to gain international experience during their student careers.

Courses Taught

501 Foundations of Library and Information Science
521 Introduction to Reference Services and Resources
603 History of Books and Printing
691 Library Architecture and Planning

Sample Publications

Walker, T. (2010) The state of libraries in eighteenth-century Europe: Adalbert Blumenschein’s ‘Beschreibung verschiedener Bibliotheken in Europa.’ In The History of the Book in the West: 1700–1800. Ed. by Eleanor F. Shevlin. (The History of the Book in the West: A Library of Critical Essays). London: Ashgate, 2010. Reprint of an article in The Library Quarterly 65(4), 269-294.

Walker, T. (2000) Library association membership: Professional activity before graduation. Mississippi Libraries 65(1), 27-28.

Walker, T., Campbell, S., Holliday, K., and Johnson, G. (2001) Politics, religion, images, and abortion: Do internet filters block controversial sources of information? Mississippi Libraries 65(4), 107-108.

Walker, T. (2001) The accreditation of schools of library and information science. Mississippi Libraries 65(3), 92-93.