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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

M.A. The University of Chicago

M.M. Northwestern University

B.M. University of Colorado at Boulder


Thomas D. Walker teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, including courses in knowledge organization, management, competitive intelligence, and research methods. He has worked in a variety of information-related organizations, including the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Association of Realtors. His has served SOIS in a variety of administrative positions, including Interim Dean, Associate Dean, Director of the MLIS Program, Graduate Program Representative, and Ombudsperson.His research has covered a variety of professional and historical topics, including scholarly communication, and knowledge organization. He is a supporter of international education, having studied in Germany and Austria and having involved with SOIS programs in Kuwait, China, Hong Kong, and Mexico, as well as having presented research papers in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Spain, Canada, and South Korea. He strongly encourages both undergraduate and graduate students to gain international experience during their student careers.

Current Courses

230 Knowledge Organization
511 Organization of Information
591 Research Methods

Sample Publications

“Regensburg as Bibliographic Destination for Traveling Scholars of the Eighteenth-Century.”Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice. Volume 3/2 (June 2015): 31-41.

“Author Gender in American Documentation, 1950-1969.” Journal of the Korean BIBLIA Society for Library and Information Science.Volume 25/4 (December 2014): 351-359.

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.

“The Web of Renaissance Humanists, their Libraries, and the Organization of Knowledge in Pre-Enlightenment Europe.”  In the proceedings for an interdisciplinary conference, “Les humanists et leur bibliothèque” at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, August 26, 1999).  Brussels: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2000.

“Ancient Authors on Libraries: An Analysis and Bibliographic History of De bibliothecis syntagma by Justus Lipsius.”  In Justus Lipsius, Europaw Lumen et Columen (Proceedings for a conference of the same name commemorating the 450th anniversary of the birth of Lipsius, sponsored by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, September 17-20, 1997).  Leuven: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 1997.

“Journal of Documentary Reproduction, 1938-1942: Domain as Reflected in Characteristics of Authorship and Citation.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science [Special topic issue: History of Documentation and Information Science: Part I] 48/4 (April 1997): 361-368.