Candidate for Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect – Cappoli

David Cappoli

David Cappoli
University of California
Los Angeles, California
Twitter: @dcappoli

Question 1: When did you first join SLA? What made you decide to join then, and why do you still belong today?

Question 2: What changes, if any, do we need to make to keep annual conference as a vibrant, well attended event?

Question 3: How has involvement with SLA over the years helped you grow professionally and personally?

Question 4: SLA is an international organization. How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside North America?

Candidate Webinar Recording

In Fall 2011, David began his new position as the Web Services Librarian with the UCLA School of Law and he closely ties his successful application and interview for the position to his work with SLA.  While working within the law school moved David out of a previous position that he had held for more than 12 years, it also moved him out of his comfort zone and into an environment that was completely new to him.  Yet it was his experience in SLA volunteer and leadership positions that helped David communicate and connect with a disparate group of web content owners in the school, and these communication skills are proving quite valuable while overseeing the school’s web redesign project.

Though David came to the law school from UCLA’s Department of Information Studies (IS) more than two years ago, he continues to advise the department’s SLA Student Chapter and engage students as they prepare themselves to succeed professionally.  He is regularly inspired by the students, who, regardless of their coursework, internships, and other obligations, plan programs and outings that help build their network and develop relevant skills.  By encouraging these activities that harnesses the students’ enthusiasm, energy, and willingness to take on new tasks, David hopes the students themselves will not hesitate to move outside their comfort zones in their future careers.

It was at UCLA where David explored becoming more involved with SLA beyond his role as advisor to the student chapter.  He eventually became Treasurer and then President of the Southern California Chapter, and continues to have a role with the chapter having chaired the 2012 Professional Development Program and regularly contributes to the chapter’s event planning.  He also served on SLA’s Centennial Commission and was a member of the 2009 Conference Planning Committee.  In 2013, David served as Program Planner for the Academic Division developing the division’s sessions, meetings, and social gatherings at SLA’s annual conference in San Diego.  He also worked with the Leadership and Management Division in 2012 to plan the division’s series of professional development webinars.  Currently, David chairs the Librarians’ Association at UCLA where one of his goals is to bring to the forefront the breadth and depth of the work that librarians undertake both at UCLA as well as professionally.

David has presented at a number of SLA conferences, most recently in 2013 as a part of “The Experts Are In!  One-Off Career Advice” and “2013 Rising Stars and Fellows,” the latter which recognized him as a new SLA Fellow.  He has also presented at conferences hosted by the California Library Association, IFLA, Tech Ed, and the World Summit on Internet & Multimedia.

Prior to his current position with UCLA’s Law School David was the Digital Resources Librarian for the Department of Information Studies where he oversaw instructional technology needs for departmental courses; taught graduate level courses in computer-based information resources and business information; and, administered the department’s series of continuing education workshops.  Before coming to UCLA, David was a Librarian with the Los Angeles Times’ Image Archive.

David received his BA in Journalism and Sociology from New York University, and received his MLS degree from UCLA.  After graduating from UCLA, David was the Research Database Coordinator for Glasgow Polytechnic University (now Glasgow Caledonian University) in Scotland, where he led the efforts to assemble a compilation of campus-wide research activity to market the university’s work to the private sector.

When not at UCLA or at an SLA program, you may find David at a UC Berkeley football game seeking out his trumpet-playing son in the marching band, or helping his daughter decide where to attend college.  And the always-hungry dog and cats that luxuriate in retirement at home give wonderful joy to David and his librarian wife, Cindy.

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