Author Archives: rdlankes

Never Neutral, Never Alone

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“Never Neutral, Never Alone.” Transforming LIS education for professionals in a global information world: digital inclusion, social inclusion and lifelong learning IFLA Satellite Conference. Vatican City (via video). Speech Text: Read Speaker Script Abstract: Library science is getting harder to teach. The variety in libraries of all types is increasing as more and more mold themselves…

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Seeking Alumni Input on SLIS Name Change

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Greetings SLIS Friends and Alumni, Posted below you will find a copy of a letter from Dr. Fred Roper, Jack Bryan, and myself requesting input on a new name for the School of Library and Information Science. Many of you will be receiving this letter in the mail, but I wanted to make sure it…

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The Knowledge School: or Why Teaching Library Science is Getting Harder

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“The Knowledge School: or Why Teaching Library Science is Getting Harder.” École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, Université de Montréal. Montreal, Canada. Abstract: A school of thought represents a shared set of approaches, beliefs and values shared by a diverse set of players. A prime example is the Chicago School in architecture that…

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Neighbors Not Users, Members not Customers, Partners not Patrons

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“Neighbors Not Users, Members not Customers, Partners not Patrons.” Congrès des professionnel.les. de l’information. Montreal, Canada. Abstract: It would be easy to see the advent of open educational resources, open access publication, and repositories of data sets as a continuation of the traditional mission of a research library. Namely, providing access to the scholarly record including…

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Data, Media, and Society

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“Data, Media, and Society.” University of Maryland Libraries Future of the Research Library Series. College Park, MD. Abstract: It would be easy to see the advent of open educational resources, open access publication, and repositories of data sets as a continuation of the traditional mission of a research library. Namely, providing access to the scholarly…

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SLIS Town Halls

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Greetings friends of the School of Library and Information Science, I’ll be hosting two virtual town halls to talk about current initiatives in the school. These include a new core curriculum for the MLIS, development of a new graduate program in Data and Strategic Communications, and major revisions to our Certificate of Graduate Study where…

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“Saying Thank You”

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Every year the Duke Adult Bone Marrow and Transplant Clinic hosts a reunion of transplant recipients. They asked my son (and donor) to speak this year, my first reunion. It was an amazing event, and it was so amazing to meet folks who were celebrating transplants from 25 years ago. Following is the text of…

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Library as Movement

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“Library as Movement.” Victoria Libraries 2019 Planning Summit. Kalorama, Victoria, Australia. (via video conference) Speech Text: Read Speaker ScriptAbstract: Is the library a platform that allows communities to build knowledge? Is it a community center? A community hub? The concept of a library is evolving faster than our terms for describing the change. Today the library is…

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Decoding AI and Libraries

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“Decoding AI and Libraries.” KB College: AI en de Bibliotheek – de computer leest alles. The Hague, Netherlands. (via video conference) Speech Text: Read Speaker ScriptAbstract: How can we think about AI and the role of libraries in AI development? [This is the script I used for my talk. I’ve also taken the opportunity to add some…

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