Dr David Baume

I have known David for well over 10 years. We first worked together when I was a CDE Fellow at the University of London around 2008. Soon after I attended a SEDA summer school at Cumberland Lodge facilitied by David and Carol – my first experience of action learning sets. It was a fantastic few days that inspired my work to develop a digital literacy framework for LSE, where I was working at the time. Over the years I have met up with David on numerous occasions, often at Senate House. But in 2018 I facilitated a number of workshops with him at the SEDA conference and at LILAC. This led to spending a really pleasant day with him and Carol at their house, with a wonderful lunch to help with all the intellectual activities (photo taken on this day during a walk around the lake opposite his house). David was always so generous with his time, and our overlapping interests in educational development and digital and information literacy were the source of many interesting conversations and email exchanges. I always looked forward to seeing him and enjoyed the thoughtful way he approached his work and life. I shall miss him. He was a friend to the Information Literacy Group – I fondly remember him coming to the LILAC conference and commenting on what a wonderful welcoming community he had just discovered. I know that he created a similar community at SEDAm but he said he loved finding out about new communities. I last saw him briefly in March of 2023 and I knew he was sad at the loss of Carol. I felt he still had much to give though, and he will be missed greatly.  

David Baume

Jane Secker

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