Tyler Walters, dean of the University Libraries and professor, has been appointed president of DuraSpace Board of Directors.

Walters has served on the board since 2013 and was appointed president in January 2018.

DuraSpace is a nonprofit organization supporting projects that provide long-term access and discovery of digital assets related to research and scholarship. By building international collaborations, it helps preserve and provide access to the world’s intellectual, cultural, and scientific heritage.

“I’m honored to support and guide DuraSpace as its board president. This organization is critical to an international base of research institutions that are deploying open technologies in the institutional and research assets arena,” said Walters.

Walters currently serves on the boards of DuraSpace, the Educopia Institute, and the Academic Preservation Trust. He is a 2009-10 Leadership Fellow of the Association of Research Libraries and past member of the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI) steering committee.

Walters is the Virginia Tech representative on the AAU/AAUP/ARL TOME initiative (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) and co-founded such organizations as the Library Publishing Coalition and the ACRL Diversity Alliance. Walters finished his term in 2017 as the founding director of SHARE, the Shared Access Research Ecosystem initiative, a joint undertaking of the Center for Open Science and the Association of Research Libraries.