David Sherwood began his career in librarianship in 1986 while completing thesis work for an MA in English literature. After taking a library degree from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin, he worked at Creighton University’s Reinert/Alumni Library in Omaha, Nebraska serving there in various roles: as Reference Librarian, as Serials Librarian, and as Library System Automation Administrator.
In 1996, he was the first librarian to be selected as a Fellow of Creighton University’s Academic Development and Technology Center. In 2000, he was named the Nebraska Library Association’s Mentor-of-the-Year. He has served on various American Library Association committees, in particular with the Library Instruction Round Table (ALA-LIRT) serving on the Steering Committee, the Liaison Committee, and the Executive Board (ex officio). He was also chair of the ALA-LIRT Newsletter Committee and Editor of the LIRT News from 1997-1999. In recent years, he has been active in the American Theological Library Association. In addition, he has written book reviews and articles in several regional and national publications within the field of library science.
Having received the MTS degree, he was appointed in 2004 to the post of Director of the Frances Donaldson Library and Associate Professor of Bibliography at Nashotah House. He subsequently earned the degree of Doctor of Ministry. The first years of his tenure have been a time of considerable change with the implementation of an automated library system, the completion of several long-standing projects, and the addition of many electronic resources and services. He has also held the post of Secretary of the Nashotah House Faculty since 2006.
In addition to his library work, he teaches Ascetical Theology in the Nashotah House distance learning programs. This appointment reflects his many years of study in that field, particularly in the history of Christian spirituality. He is currently working on projects relating to the 12th-century English Cistercians, to the 14th-century English mystics, and to the Caroline Divines.
A dedicated amateur church musician, he has performed with a number of choirs and serves as organist for a local congregation.
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