AI

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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Dürers, Albrecht. Die Offenbarung des Johannes: 4. Die vier apokalyptischen Reiter, 1497-1498.

Bibliopocalypse

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David and Daniel Gonçalves of the Bibliotecas são Comunidades blog asked me to write a post for their bog: The theme of the text is to imagine a world without libraries. The aim is to demonstrate the importance of libraries and how much we depend on them. As you can see from the text I…

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The Library as a Movement

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A conversation between Marie Østergaard, Library Director Aarhus Public Libraries in Denmark and R. David Lankes, Director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science on the idea that the library is a movement of communities members, librarians, politicians, partners and more. If you would rather just listen, here’s an MP3…

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Davis College

Reception at ALA

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If you are attending this year’s ALA Annual Conference in D.C. or are in the area please join the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science for a reception celebrating great librarianship. Great librarianship exemplified by our alumni, faculty, students, and staff. This year, we will also be celebrating the life of…

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Thank You for Making a Difference

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This past week I spent some time in social media and here asking folks to give blood. This was the 6th year in a row that we’ve been part of an Annual Lankes Family Blood Drive in Central New York. We began (though my amazing wife Anna Maria deserves all the credit) the event after…

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Live in Central New York? I Need Your Blood

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On June 4 from 12-6 is the 6th Annual Lankes Family Blood Drive at Holy Cross Church in Syracuse, NY. Ready access to blood has saved my life through my treatments for cancer. One pint of blood can save the lives of several people. Summer is also a high need time for blood donations. There…

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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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Nicolette Sosulski

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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