Author Archives: rdlankes

New Librarianship and Resource Sharing

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“New Librarianship and Resource Sharing” Dead or alive? Le frontiere dei servizi bibliotecari nell’era della condivisione: 15 anni della comunità NILDE. Rome, IT via Skype. Slides: New Librarianship and Resource Sharing Audio: New Librarianship and Resource Sharing from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Expect More at ALA Annual

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We’re putting together a working session for folks interested in crafting messages, materials, and projects to promote librarians to the general public. We are doing an increasingly good job getting the word out about libraries growing relevancy and community focus, but folks need to know this is a result of librarians and library staff. Please…

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Field Guide Related Links by Chapter

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As people are starting to get their hands on the New Librarianship Field Guide I have put up a few items to make it more useful. Check out the Field Guide Related Links by Chapter. It gives you a “tweet able” core concept for each chapter and links to videos and presentations related to the topic.…

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Field Guide, Atlas, Expect More? Which When Why?!

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[tl;dr version: How does my new book The New Librarianship Field Guide fit into my other books on new librarianship? Librarian or teaching librarians – read the Field Guide. Scholar or librarian looking deeper – The Atlas of new Librarianship is for you. Board member and non-librarians curious about libraries – Expect More.] While there have…

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The New Librarianship Field Guide Now Available

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This week I’m posting on my new book, The New Librarianship Field Guide. I’ll be talking about what’s in it, but also how it fits with other work like the Atlas of New Librarianship. MIT Press is shipping these now, and Amazon is taking pre-orders with availability starting the week of May 20th. To kick…

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I Bleed Orange

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Today is graduation day at Syracuse University. I have been called upon from time to time to give remarks or thoughts to graduates. These follow some version of “you’re not done yet, keep learning,” or “change the world.” Today’s ceremony will be different for me. In a very real way I am graduating. I will…

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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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