Category Archives: New Librarianship

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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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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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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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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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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