Category Archives: Presentation

Data, Information, & Knowledge: The Right Profession For The Right Time

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“Data, Information, & Knowledge: The Right Profession For The Right Time” 2016 Maine Library Association Conference. Newry, ME. Abstract: The 2016 presidential election demonstrates the weaknesses in seeing data and information as substitutes for true knowledge. Librarians by embracing a knowledge and a community approach are perfectly situated for moving the country ahead in the…

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Building the Knowledge School

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“Building the Knowledge School” 2016 Charleston Conference. Charleston, SC. Abstract: The rise of the information school movement has been seen as both a positive and negative reality in the preparation of librarians. Have undergraduate programs taken away resources and attention from the masters in library science? Has the growth of faculty with little or no…

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The Future of Libraries: Predicting Through Invention

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“The Future of Libraries: Predicting Through Invention” LACONI Workshop. Schaumburg, IL. Abstract: Alan Kaye once said “the best way to predict the future is to invent it.” The quote exemplifies the opportunities available to libraries today. In the face of technological and even political uncertainty it is important for librarians to forge and promote a…

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How to Check Out a Teacher in a Non-Creepy Way

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“How to Check Out a Teacher in a Non-Creepy Way” South Carolina State Library Collaboration Meeting. Columbia, SC. Abstract: In an Illinois town librarians from the local schools and public libraries started a monthly dinner club. The librarians would get together in a social setting to meet and eat, and as it turns out, innovate.…

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Pragmatic Utopians & Building a Movement

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“Pragmatic Utopians & Building a Movement” LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar. Video Conference. Abstract: Tactical tips to building an agenda and movements. Slides: Webinar Slides Audio:   LLAMA from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

A Faculty of One: Navigating the Complexities of Interdisciplinary Work

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“A Faculty of One: Navigating the Complexities of Interdisciplinary Work” Dominican University’s McGreal Lecture. Chicago, IL. Abstract: A discussion of how institutional structures need to match a call for greater interdisciplinary faculty work. The case study of information science is given. Slides: Lecture Slides Video: https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=https://livestream.com/dominicanuniversity/mcgreal2016&source=gmail&ust=1473341215302000&usg=AFQjCNHlnQ_DX1x6attb8vTL0dJG93JCxw

Expect More Orlando Workshop on Librarian Advocacy

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We had a great turn out for the Expect More workshop on librarian advocacy co-organized with Collaboratory partners EveryLibrary and Tech Logic. Thanks again to all Collaboratory partners for supporting this important work. Below is a recording of the event, slides, and audio only version. Orlando Collaboratory Event from R. David Lankes on Vimeo. Slides: Orlando…

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From Books and Mortar to Community Hubs

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“From Books and Mortar to Community Hubs” The Society of Chief Librarians Seminar 2016 – Changing Horizons: challenges, trends and new ways of delivering. Warwick University, England. Abstract: Libraries have existed for over 4 millennia not by remaining the same, but by evolving, sometimes rapidly, to meet the needs of the communities they serve. This…

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Expect More: Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World

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“Expect More: Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World” Cuyahoga County Public Library Staff Development Day. Parma, OH. [Please note this is the first of three times this talk was presented, so if it doesn’t sound familiar you may have been in a different session.] Slides: CCPL-Staff Audio: CCPL from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

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.

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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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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New Narratives for Librarians

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“New Narratives for Librarians” SLA Military Libraries Division Training Workshop 2015. Washington, DC. Abstract: Librarians must move past traditional narratives that are holding back the profession. Military librarians also have a special opportunity to craft a new narrative of libraries and security. Slides: http://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Military.pdf Audio: http://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2015/Military.mp3 Screencast: New Narratives for Librarians from R. David Lankes…

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Customer, Consumer, Users, and Other Mistakes

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“Customer, Consumer, Users, and Other Mistakes” LIANZA Annual Conference 2015. Wellington, New Zealand. Abstract: Librarians and the libraries they build are turning towards the communities they serve. Librarians have found renewed relevance and purpose in unleashing the knowledge and aspirations of the world’s towns, schools, universities, and businesses. However, this realignment can go too far…

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7 White Guys and a Weather Balloon

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“7 White Guys and a Weather Balloon” MakerSpace 3.0: Retinkering Libraries. Westport, CT. Slides: http://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Westport.pdf Screencast:

From Bringer of Doom to Bringer of Hope

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“From Bringer of Doom to Bringer of Hope” Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Buffalo, NY. Abstract: By embedding librarianship directly into patient support and engaging patients as more than symptoms and diseases medical librarians can help the entire field of medicine transition to true patient centered care. In this…

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