SLA to Honor Cappoli for Enhancing Librarians’ Skills, Careers

Rose Vormelker began working in libraries at the age of 16, and when her distinguished career ended at age 67, she “retired” to Kent State University to educate future librarians—a role to which she devoted the next 22 years of her life. It is fitting, then, that her namesake award will be presented next month to an academic librarian who shares her passion for developing library students as well as for providing learning opportunities for current information professionals.

David Cappoli, director of web operations at the UCLA School of Law, will receive the Rose L. Vormelker Award (known as the “Rosie”) at the SLA 2018 Annual Conference in Baltimore. The conference is SLA’s largest and most robust learning and networking activity each year, and David knows firsthand what it entails—he chaired the council that planned the SLA 2016 Annual Conference, which attracted several hundred information professionals to Philadelphia for three days of professional enrichment, network building, and idea sharing.

David has served in several leadership roles within SLA, including president and treasurer of the SLA Southern California Chapter. Professional development has been a particular focus of his volunteer work—he has served as program planner for the SLA Academic Division, worked with the SLA Leadership and Management Division to plan its professional development webinars, and chaired the Southern California Chapter’s 2012 professional development efforts. At UCLA, David advises the university’s SLA student group, encouraging these future librarians to enhance their skill sets, embrace new opportunities, and build their networks to better prepare themselves to succeed professionally.

In recognition of his many contributions to SLA and the special library field, David was named a Fellow of SLA in 2013. That same year, he participated in a panel presentation, “The Experts Are In! One-Off Career Advice” at the SLA 2013 Annual Conference in San Diego. He has also presented at conferences hosted by the California Library Association, IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), and the World Summit on Internet & Multimedia.

Prior to assuming his current position at UCLA, David was the digital resources librarian in 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.

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