SILS alumnus David Woodbury named NCSU Learning Commons Librarian

Release date: 
August 5, 2010

On August 2nd, David Woodbury took on a new role as Learning Commons Librarian at North Carolina State University

Included in his responsibilities will be the planning, management, and delivery of services in NCSU's library learning spaces.  Splitting time between the D.H. Hill Learning Commons, the Technology Sandbox, and new learning commons spaces in NCSU's Hunt Library, Woodbury will be in charge of managing student engagement initiatives and programming schema for the Learning Commons.  Additionally, he will participate in the development and adoption of new tools and methods for the delivery of NCSU Libraries' information and services.

NCSU Libraries Fellow.  Over the past two years, he has played an instrumental role in helping to improve NCSU Libaries' services, particularly in terms of technological outreach.  In his home assignment with Information Technology, for example, he developed a system that enabled virtual browsing in NCSU's next generation catalog.  For his Fellow's project, Woodbury also worked extensively on NCSU Libraries Mobile, a student-centered portal for library resources.

Prior to being named a NCSU Libraries Fellow, Woodbury worked in the Higher Education Division of John Wiley & Sons Publishers as a National Product Consultant and Marketing Manager, serving as a national sales representative for college textbooks and electronic products in mathematics, physics, accounting, and management.  His experience with John Wiley & Sons allowed him to work closely with faculty at colleges and universities throughout the country. 

Woodbury earned a BA in English from the University of Kansas Honors Program prior to obtaining his MSIS from SILS in 2009.  As a SILS graduate student, Woodbury served as project manager in the Metadata Research Center for Bot 2.0, a National Science Foundation funded project aimed at retaining student interest in biological and botanical sciences and addressing the lack of diversity in the student population in botanical sciences. He was also elected President of the student chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and currently serves on the Advisory board.  SILS faculty, staff, and alumni probably know him best, however, as President Elect of the SILS Alumni Association

The School of Information and Library Science wishes Woodbury all the best in his new position as Learning Commons Librarian at North Carolina State University.

This press release was adapted from a memo by Susan K. Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at North Carolina State University.