Category Archives: New Librarianship

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 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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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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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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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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How to Check Out a Teacher in a Non-Creepy Way

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“How to Check Out a Teacher in a Non-Creepy Way” South Carolina State Library Collaboration Meeting. Columbia, SC. Abstract: In an Illinois town librarians from the local schools and public libraries started a monthly dinner club. The librarians would get together in a social setting to meet and eat, and as it turns out, innovate.…

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Pragmatic Utopians & Building a Movement

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“Pragmatic Utopians & Building a Movement” LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar. Video Conference. Abstract: Tactical tips to building an agenda and movements. Slides: Webinar Slides Audio:   LLAMA from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Being Truthful, Not Neutral

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[The following is a column I wrote for the College of Information & Communications eNews] In a recent interview Christiane Amanpour of CNN challenged one of the underlying principles of both journalism and librarianship by calling upon journalists to be “truthful, not neutral.” She talked about how attempting to appear neutral can lead to the creation of…

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Expect More Orlando Workshop on Librarian Advocacy

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We had a great turn out for the Expect More workshop on librarian advocacy co-organized with Collaboratory partners EveryLibrary and Tech Logic. Thanks again to all Collaboratory partners for supporting this important work. Below is a recording of the event, slides, and audio only version. Orlando Collaboratory Event from R. David Lankes on Vimeo. Slides: Orlando…

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From Books and Mortar to Community Hubs

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“From Books and Mortar to Community Hubs” The Society of Chief Librarians Seminar 2016 – Changing Horizons: challenges, trends and new ways of delivering. Warwick University, England. Abstract: Libraries have existed for over 4 millennia not by remaining the same, but by evolving, sometimes rapidly, to meet the needs of the communities they serve. This…

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Lankes Interview with Inside Higher Ed

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Here is a nice short interview on the academic library ideas presented in my new book The New Librarianship Field Guide. To be clear the book is about all sorts of librarians and libraries.  

Cocky Reads: Librarianship in Action

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As you probably know by now, I’m headed to the University of South Carolina. I’m very much looking forward to joining the School of Library & Information Science as director. A lot of folks have asked me why South Carolina. The simple answer is the amazing staff, students, and faculty and their desire to make a…

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Expect More: Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World

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“Expect More: Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World” Cuyahoga County Public Library Staff Development Day. Parma, OH. [Please note this is the first of three times this talk was presented, so if it doesn’t sound familiar you may have been in a different session.] Slides: CCPL-Staff Audio: CCPL from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

New Librarianship and Resource Sharing

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“New Librarianship and Resource Sharing” Dead or alive? Le frontiere dei servizi bibliotecari nell’era della condivisione: 15 anni della comunità NILDE. Rome, IT via Skype. Slides: New Librarianship and Resource Sharing Audio: New Librarianship and Resource Sharing from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Expect More at ALA Annual

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We’re putting together a working session for folks interested in crafting messages, materials, and projects to promote librarians to the general public. We are doing an increasingly good job getting the word out about libraries growing relevancy and community focus, but folks need to know this is a result of librarians and library staff. Please…

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Field Guide Related Links by Chapter

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As people are starting to get their hands on the New Librarianship Field Guide I have put up a few items to make it more useful. Check out the Field Guide Related Links by Chapter. It gives you a “tweet able” core concept for each chapter and links to videos and presentations related to the topic.…

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Field Guide, Atlas, Expect More? Which When Why?!

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[tl;dr version: How does my new book The New Librarianship Field Guide fit into my other books on new librarianship? Librarian or teaching librarians – read the Field Guide. Scholar or librarian looking deeper – The Atlas of new Librarianship is for you. Board member and non-librarians curious about libraries – Expect More.] While there have…

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