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Expecting More From Our Libraries & Communities

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“Expecting More From Our Libraries & Communities” Florence Public Library Staff Development Day. Florence, SC. Abstract: A discussion of what a library is in the fame of community focus. Slides: Slides in PDF Audio: Florence Public Library Staff Development Day from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts

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“A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts” Sarasota County Public Library Staff Development Day. Sarasota, FL. Abstract: Communities need the public library now more than ever. In an era when neighbors are more divided than ever, and even the nature of truth and facts are in question, ho do librarians best serve their…

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Knowledge School Penthouse Interview @ 2016 Charleston Conference

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The Charleston Conference and Against the Grain do a great series of interviews with Conference Speakers. Last year I was chosen for a “Penthouse Interview.” It is available in its entirety at: David Lankes Penthouse Interview @ 2016 Charleston Conference. It is also available in shorter segments on the Charleston Conference website at: Against the Grain Penthouse Interviews:…

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January Update

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The new year has been filled with sadness, joy, and outrage. It was a pivotal month for SLIS and the country, and demonstrated in the most profound way how connected SLIS is as a community. The Passing of Robert Williams The month began with the sad news of the passing of “Dr. Bob” Williams. It…

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Lankes to Deliver 2017 RUSA Keynote

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Here is the ALA Press Release (original here): RUSA’s 2017 Annual Conference President’s Program Keynote Announced Tue, 01/31/2017 Contact: Melissa Tracy Marketing & Programs Specialist Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) mtracy@ala.org CHICAGO – David Lankes will be the keynote speaker at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) President’s Program Forget the Future: Our…

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A Message for International Members of the SLIS Community

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This evening it has become clear that we all have reason to be concerned for those who are at the University, and frankly, in the country legally from abroad. Our classmates, our faculty, our alumni, our staff have seen families divided and immigrants turned away from our borders or held in our airports. Like many of…

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SLIS Hooding Welcome

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[The following a copy of my welcome for the SLIS Hooding Ceremony] Welcome all. Graduation represents a moment in time. It is a moment of gratitude. Graduates, I ask you to take a moment to recognize those who helped you get to this point, be they in the audience or on this stage. One person I…

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December Update

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[As director of the University of South Carolina School of Information and Library Science I send out a monthly update to faculty, students, alumni, and partners. This month seemed like a good time to sharing them here a well.] It is time for a December update on the school. Today marks the end of the…

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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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Announcing a School of Library and Information Science Listening Tour

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Greetings. My name is David Lankes and I am the new director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. The staff, students, and faculty of the school have been busy over the past few months building and refining a growth plan for the school. We’re calling it the “Knowledge School,”…

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Light the Night with Mission Remission

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Hi! If you are reading this right now it is because folks like you, and thousands more who support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at events like Light the Night. It is through their work and your generous support, that I survived Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Funding supports research and service that lead to treatments and stem cell…

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Help Enhance South Carolina’s Emergency Response for Persons with Disabilities During and After a Crisis

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Hurricane Matthew Survivors with Disabilities Are you a survivor of Hurricane Matthew with a disability living in South Carolina? If so, The University of South Carolina needs your input regarding your experiences during the Hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding. The information collected will not be identifiable and will be used to enhance South Carolina’s…

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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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Faculty Position in LIS Technology Instructor at the University of South Carolina

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The University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science in Columbia invites applications for a non-tenure track instructor position to begin Fall 2017. Shape the future of library and information science. Pursue your interests in a diverse, intellectually stimulating, and multi-disciplinary environment that provides support and encouragement as part of a collaborative work…

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Faculty Position: Information Scientist and Information Designer at the University of South Carolina

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The University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science in Columbia invites applications and nominations for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to begin fall 2017. Shape the future of library and information science. Pursue your interests in a diverse, intellectually stimulating, and multi-disciplinary environment that provides support…

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