Author Archives: rdlankes

Librarianship in an Era of Big Data: The Vital Human Touch

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“Librarianship in an Era of Big Data: The Vital Human Touch.” Conference of European National Librarians. Mo i Rana, Norway. (via video conference) Speech Text: Read Speaker ScriptAbstract: In a world of AI and Big Data the values, skills, and mission of librarians is increasingly vital. How do we prepare our professionals to guide and support communities…

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Farewell to My Dear Friend Nicolette

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Today the world lost a great librarian and I lost a great friend. Nicolette Sosulski passed away from a long and brave journey with cancer.  She was an advocate for the profession and a great teacher. She cared deeply about serving those in need. She was also a tireless advocate for librarians with a belief that we…

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SLIS Welcomes Dr. Nicole Cooke

Dr. Nicole Cooke Joins School of Library and Information Science – Carolina’s Knowledge School

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I am SO thrilled to share that Dr. Nicole Cooke will join #UofSC this fall as our Augusta Baker Chair. A prolific scholar and an esteemed leader in the LIS field, Dr. Cooke is well-known for her research into diversity and social justice in librarianship.  Please join me in welcoming her to the University of South Carolina!

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Health Update

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It has been a while since my last blog post (March 21). It has also been a while since I brought folks up to speed on my health in this blog (October 15th). So, this is going to be a long one…but I’ve tried to make it easy to skip through. TL;DR version My bone…

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CUBISS Documentary on Community Library

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The folks at CUBISS in the Netherlands have put together a great video on libraries and communities. It is in Dutch with English subtitles. They were generous enough to include me. I’ve been working with CUBISS for a few years now on preparing librarians to engage the public and put communities at the center of…

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Expect More: From Change Agent to Advocate

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“Expect More: From Change Agent to Advocate.” Congrès des professionnels et professionnelles de l’information. Montreal, Canada. (via video conference) Speech Text: Read Speaker Script Abstract: Society needs librarians who are non-neutral, proactive change agents. With French Subtitles [This is the script I used for my talk.] Bonjour, je m’appelle David Lankes … and with that…

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Information Science Versus Library Science in the in the Era of Technology

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“Information Science Versus Library Science in the In The Era Of Technology.” Keynote to the ICLIS International Conference 2018. Bandung, Indonesia. (via video conference) Abstract: A brief discussion of how the field of library nd information science should be seen as a conversation, and the importance of talking about knowledge and social impact

South Carolina Library Association Remarks

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Comments to the South Carolina Library Association. Greenville, SC. (via video conference) Speech Text: Read Speaker Script Abstract: South Carolina Libraries can help lead the world and help save it. [This is the script I used for my talk.] Today I am going to ask you to save the world. But that seems like a…

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