Author Archives: rdlankes

Rocket Science is Easy

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“Rocket Science is Easy” Urban Librarians Conference. Brooklyn, NY. Abstract: There is a different between a complicated and a complex problems. Both are hard, but complicated problems deal with known approaches, variables, and parameters. Complex problems are full of unknowns, shifting parameters, and unanticipated connections. Getting a rocket to the moon? Complicated. Helping immigrants find their…

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The Myths of Innovation

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“The Myths of Innovation” Georgia Virtual Staff Development Day. Web. Abstract: Many see innovation as a sort of grand effort from a gifted few. Innovation seems characterized by the start-up, or the creative class. Yet innovation, adoption of positive change, is essential to all institutions and is actually an obligation of the professional – including…

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Best Practices for Supporting Your Entrepreneurs

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Nicolette Warisse Sosulski is a great librarian and a great friend as well. I asked her if it was OK for me to put something about her upcoming free webinar “Libraries and Local Businesses: Best practices for supporting your entrepreneurs.” Here is what she had to say: I am really looking forward to the webinar…

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Libraries Transform Communities

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Here is a video I put together for the 30th anniversary of the Portuguese Public Library Network: Libraries Transform Communities from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

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New Servers

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For a few behind the scene reasons I have moved my website to a new host. With any luck you didn’t notice. The site now uses DavidLankes.org for all the URLs, rather than just redirecting to quartz.syr.edu which traces (at least the name) back about a decade to the GEM project. So please update your…

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Changing Servers

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Over the weekend and the next week I will be working on moving my site from it’s current server to a new hosted set up. That will involve changing URLs. If all goes well everything will automatically redirect to the new site, but for future reference (when all is done) current URLs that point to…

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My Last Cancer Post…I Hope

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Today is my second birthday. Two years ago yesterday nurses were shoveling ice chips into my mouth to minimize oral blisters from a Melphalan injection. The Melphalan was the last ingredient of a toxic chemo cocktail that would kill my bone marrow, and thus my ability to make blood or muster an immune response. In…

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Librarianship: Saving The World One Community At A Time

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“Librarianship: Saving The World One Community At A Time” VALA 2016. Melbourne, Australia. Abstract: We live in uncertain times of war, protest, terrorism, economic austerity, ecological disasters, and mass surveillance. What can librarians do to help communities in such turbulent times? Lankes will discuss how a proactive librarianship can build an alternative path to the…

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Librarianship in the Growing Information Domain…or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Information

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“Librarianship in the Growing Information Domain…or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Information” University of Sydney Library’s Experts Program Series. Sydney, NSW, Australia. Abstract: How do librarians and libraries fit in the new information landscape? How does the L fit with the I in LIS? Slides: http://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2016/Sydney.pdf Audio: http://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2016/Sydney.mp3 Librarianship in the Growing…

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Building an Academic Platform for the Future (and NOW)

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“Building an Academic Platform for the Future (and NOW)” Reinventing the Library The Future Role of Libraries within SUNY and Beyond. Syracuse, NY. Abstract: The importance of seeing the academic library as both platform and publisher. Slides: http://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2016/SUNY.pdf Audio: http://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2016/SUNY.mp3 Building an Academic Platform for the Future (and NOW) from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

The Obligation of Innovation

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“The Obligation of Innovation” OLA Super Conference 2016. Toronto, ON, Canada. Abstract: Librarians must lead their communities in innovation by example. If our libraries are to be incubators of new ideas, librarians must model creativity, adaptability, continuous learning, and leading change that makes a difference. This isn’t about apps, or looking like Silicon Valley, it…

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ALA Press Release on Haycock Award

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Here is the official press release on the Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. Thanks to Teri Switzer for her very kind words: For Immediate Release Mon, 01/25/2016 Contact: Cheryl Malden Program Officer Governance 312-280-3247 cmalden@ala.org CHICAGO — Dr. R. David Lankes, professor and Dean’s Scholar for New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies…

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The Boring Patient Audio Book: Epilogue

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I have been posting a chapter a week of my book The Boring Patient. This is the last post.You can download the ebook or listen to previous chapters here: http://davidlankes.org/?page_id=8390 Epilogue: A Cancer Free Summer

The Boring Patient Audio Book: Chapter 17

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I am posting a chapter a week of my book The Boring Patient. You can download the ebook or listen to previous chapters here: http://davidlankes.org/?page_id=8390 The last post in the series, the Epilogue, will be published tomorrow. Chapter 17: Dear Fellow Cancer Survivor

Lankes Receives 2016 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

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I am very proud to announce that I have received the 2016 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship from the American Library Association. From ALA’s award page: The Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship was established in 2004 and recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through…

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Dominican’s GSLIS Joins Collaboratory

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Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science has joined the Expect More Collaboratory. GSLIS will be at the center of next year’s focus on applying the ideas of Expect More in the Chicago area. I look forward to working with Dominican and our other partners to make a real difference in how communities…

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The Boring Patient Audio Book: Chapter 16

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I am posting a chapter a week of my book The Boring Patient. You can download the ebook or listen to previous chapters here: http://davidlankes.org/?page_id=8390 Chapter 16: Home