Winter 2013-2014

New Director Steering Library in Bold Direction

David G. Schappert, recently appointed as Library Director at Marywood Unviersity, is ready to steer the Library in a bold direction, as Marywood moves ahead with plans for a new Learning Commons.

Mr. Schappert has more than three decades of experience as a librarian and has served as a library director at colleges and universities for more than 25 years. Prior to being named as Marywood’s Library Director, he served as Director of the Reeves Library at Moriavian College and Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem.
Mr. Schappert also directed Library and Instructional services at East Stroudsburg University, Luzerne County Community College, and Keystone College. He has held leadership positions for the Keystone Library Network, for which he served as a Chairperson; the Center for Distance Education State System of Higher Education, for which he served as Co-Director for Administration, Coordination, and Grants; and for Link-to-Learn, for which he served as Associate Project Manager.

Presently serving as Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Library Association, Mr. Schappert was recently elected as the organization’s First Vice President/President-Elect, a term he will begin serving in 2014. He will become President of the Pennsylvania Library Association in 2015, the same year that Marywood University will dedicate its recently announced Learning Commons.

Mr. Schappert’s late wife, Cathy, once directed Marywood University’s library. This personal connection, he observes, plus his own extensive experience as a professional library director for institutions of higher education, brings into sharp focus the main reason that such an outstanding learning facility should be built: the benefits that the Learning Commons will bring to Marywood University students.

“We want to help people do better work and to get excited about the work they do. Marywood is doing its part to shape the whole person,” states Mr. Schappert. “The Learning Commons is an important piece of that process. Students deserve high-quality library services to help them attain a world-class education.”

He has published and presented frequently on library matters, both nationally and internationally, in addition to teaching at Marywood University, Mansfield University, Luzerne County Community College, and Keystone College. Other professional affiliations and service include the American Library Association; American Theological Library Association; American Literature Association; PALINET, a non-profit organization that represents hundreds of libraries, information centers, museums, archives, and other similar organizations throughout several states; E-PA Technology Alliance, a Pennsylvania technology advocacy group; Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Pennsylvania Humanities Council; and Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI).

Mr. Schappert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with high honors, from Michigan State University. He later earned a Master of Library Science degree from Drexel University, where he also completed doctoral courses and exams and holds A.B.D. status. In addition, he took graduate courses in comparative literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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