David Shumaker Honored as Exceptional Educator with 2009 Rose Vormelker Award
Inspirational Professor Focuses Instruction on Embedded Librarianship and Marketing
Shumaker has served as clinical associate professor and director of the Information Commons at the Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science since August 2006. Through his work with library school students, Shumaker encourages the study and application of “embedded librarianship,” which is the idea that the librarian or information professional break out of the library or information center and work directly with external clients as an integral part of specialized project teams.
“The embedded librarian doesn’t wait to be asked; the embedded librarian identifies information needs that may be unexpressed,” says Shumaker. “The embedded librarian can proactively go out and get the information, the best information, the most important information, and make sure it gets to the point of need.”
“Teaching is important for me for two reasons,” Shumaker says. “One is the desire to share what I’ve gained with others, and the other is that I think our society really needs librarians. I am very honored to receive this award and there are lot and lots of people I could thank, but I want to thank my students most of all, because the little secret about all of this is that they teach me every single day, and they’re great!”
“The future of this profession is so dependent on the passion and dedication of professors like Dave who are educating and mentoring students on innovative implementation of their skills and exciting alternative career paths,” said Gloria Zamora, 2010 SLA past president. “I am so happy to honor him with this award, and I hope that his work can inspire more SLA members to be exceptional and inspirational in their work with novice library and information professionals.”
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