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Staff Profile: Rebecca Lavanie David

Manager, Medical Librarian


Rebecca David is a manager at the Medical Library from Nanyang Technological University, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine). Her key responsibilities include managing information literacy, education research, and grants for the Medical Library at LKCMedicine. Rebecca David collaborates and works closely with faculty at LKCMedicine to facilitate Team-Based Learning (TBL) sessions and outreach Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses for healthcare professionals. She also drives the Student Consultation Services (SCS) for Year 4 medical students who pursue a mandatory scholarly project at LKCMedicine. Rebecca David also promotes scholarship efforts in publications to align with the educational goals of the University and user needs.

Educational Qualifications

Masters in Education, The University of Adelaide, Australia (2013)

Executive Library Management Programme, LAS & NTU, Singapore (2017)


Professional Experience, Specialisation & Memberships

Ms Rebecca Lavanie David dedicated almost 10 years of her teaching career at the Ministry of Education, Singapore. Apart from teaching, she was also the head of innovation and enterprise and moderator for national examinations. Rebecca David also received her long service award from MOE. Thereafter, she pursued a Masters in Education and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2013.

Rebecca pursued a career as a Senior Educator at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and worked closely with a diverse range of departments, disciplines, and institutions to enhance educational outcomes. Her key responsibilities included curriculum development, education research, and faculty training. In 2013, Rebecca worked with the educational lead at KKH and developed a new training and learning framework and curriculum materials for a preparatory course conducted by the Department of Pediatrics at KKH that incorporated applicable educational theories and adult-learning (andragogy) principles to enhance the learning needs of medical residents' and prepare them to meet the Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) examination standards. Due to her diverse role, Rebecca also facilitated an Interprofessional Education (IPE) approach and organized a Venus Thrombosis (VTE) conference in 2015 together with a senior consultant from obstetrics and gynecology, Allied Health Professionals and pharmacists from KKH. Rebecca also actively worked with educators across Duke-NUS medical school and SingHeath to enhance faculty development programmes designed for healthcare professionals. 

She developed a passion for information literacy and education research at academic medicine which led her to pursue a career at the Medical Library, LKCMedicine. Rebecca spearheads the information literacy programmes at the Medical Library for users ranging from teaching, learning and research communities to enhance learning and development areas in relation to information, research and academic literacies. One of her key roles involves facilitating SCS and information literacy training at briefing sessions for year 4 students at LKCMedicine who pursue scholarly projects. As Rebecca manages grants and education research, she ran an 18-month NTU EdeX collaborated research study which led to the development of a newly customised five-year information literacy framework for LKCMedicine students. Due to the scholarship efforts of the EdeX grant, Rebecca also works with the educational quality assurance team at LKCMedicine and has embedded information literacy into selected TBL modules of the MBBS curriculum. Apart from student services, Rebecca collaborates with faculty to outreach CME courses for healthcare professionals to enhance their information literacy skills in Medicine. Rebecca is also involved in publication works and presents at library/education the local and international conferences.

Publications, Presentations & Works


  • Panel Speaker at NTU Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: from Good to Great 2019, Singapore
  • Speaker at 2nd Annual Conference Summit 2012 on language and linguistics, 2012, Singapore

Paper/Poster Presentations


  • David, R., Soo Ling, C., Tan Chee Peng, E., Rajalingam, P., & Ferenczi, M. (2019, September). A Model for Medical Librarians, Educators & Faculty Collaboration: Bringing Information Literacy into the Classroom. [Abstract]. SingHealth Duke-NUS Education Conference.
  • David, R. (2015). A three-year trend analysis on the effect of post-graduate paediatric training from a developed preparatory course for a high-stake intermediate examination. [Abstract]. 2nd SingHealth DukeNUS Education Conference.
  • David, R. (2015). A two-year study on the effectiveness of occupational therapy and physiotherapy training and trainer attributes on undergraduate trainees. [Abstract]. 2nd SingHealth DukeNUS Education Conference.
  • David, R. (2015). A two-year study on the effectiveness of occupational therapy and physiotherapy training and trainer attributes on undergraduate trainees. [Abstract]. Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress