The Catholic University of America

June 25, 2009

Library and Information Science Professor Honored as Excellent Mentor

David Shumaker

David Shumaker, clinical associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science, has received the 2009 Rose L. Vormelker Award from the Special Libraries Association.

The annual award is given to a mid-career member of the association who has displayed exceptional work in mentoring students or professional librarians. Shumaker received the award at the association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., on June 14.

For the award, the association created a video about Shumaker that features Kim Kelley, dean of the School of Library and Information Science; Bill Kules, assistant professor in the school; and two of Shumaker's former students, Eileen Boswell and Laura Ann Tyler. To see the video, click here.

"The difference that he makes is the ability to push you to be a better professional," says Tyler, a research librarian for LMI, a consulting agency in Washington, D.C., who earned a certificate in 2007 in library science from CUA as a post-master's student. Shumaker was her adviser for an independent study. Boswell earned a master's degree in library science in 2009.

Shumaker also thanks his students in the video, saying that he is constantly learning from them.

Shumaker began teaching at CUA in 2006 after working at the MITRE Corporation for 27 years. He teaches his students about information services and technology, management, and embedded librarianship, in which a person serves as a library professional within an organization or company.

He has a bachelor's degree in Slavic languages from the University of California, Los Angeles; a master's degree in library and information science from Drexel University; and a master's degree in management from the University of Maryland University College.