Author Archives: rdlankes

The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World

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[Please note that this presentation is only half of the full session. The second half included a discussion with Nicole Cooke of the University of Illinois, Miguel Figueroa of ALA’s Center for the Future, and Scott Walter the University Librarian of DePaul University. Unfortunately I was not set up to record their insightful remarks.] “The…

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The Opportunities and Obligations of the Knowledge School

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“The Opportunities and Obligations of the Knowledge School” South Carolina Association of School Librarians. Greenville, SC. Abstract: An overview of strategic directions for the School of Library and Information Science and a call for participation. Slides: Slides in PDF Audio: Presentation Notes: [This is not an actual transcript of my talk, but rather speaking notes I…

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Eisenberg to Give Deans’ and Directors’ Lecture April 3

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iSchool movement co-founder to deliver annual lecture  Dr. Michael Eisenberg, dean emeritus and professor emeritus of the Information School of the University of Washington, will deliver the 2017 Deans’ and Directors’ Lecture on Monday, April 3, at the South Carolina State Library, located at 1500 Senate Street. His presentation “South Carolina – Your Time is…

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Sarasota Panel on Shared Issues with Librarians and Reporters

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Sarasota County Public Libraries Staff Day: Panel on the News and Libraries It was a great and pretty wide ranging discussion around fake news, editorial responsibility, possible collaborations, and even a little net neutrality thrown in for good measure. Panel members Tom Tryon – Opinion Editor for the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Janet Coats – Founder…

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The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World

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Follett Lecture Featuring David Lankes Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 6:00pm Location: Martin Recital Hall Dr. R. David Lankes, 2016-17 Follett Chair, associate dean of the University of South Carolina’s College of Information and Communications and director of the School of Library and Information Science there, will present the 2017 Follett Lecture, titled “The Social Responsibility of…

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Celebration Through Action: The Obligation of Information and Communications in a Time of Alternative Facts

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Three years and a day ago a nurse injected me with a lethal chemical cocktail designed to kill any remaining cancer cells in my body, destroying my bone marrow in the process. Three years ago a doctor pushed harvested stem cells directly into my heart where they were pumped to the rest of my body…

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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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