Category Archives: New Librarianship

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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Expect More Now Available in French (Exigeons de meilleures bibliothèques)

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I am proud to announce the availability of Expect More in French (Exigeons de meilleures bibliothèques). Published under the Creative Commons by Ateliers de [sens public] it is free to download and is also available in print for a small cost. You can access the book here: http://ateliers.sens-public.org/exigeons-de-meilleures-bibliotheques/index.html The translation under the direction of Jean-Michel…

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New Librarianship: How Transformation is Necessary to Sustain Our Communities

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“New Librarianship: How Transformation is Necessary to Sustain Our Communities.” 13th National Congress of Librarians Archivists and Documentalists. Portugal. (via video conference) Speech Text: Read Speaker Script Speech Text: Read Speaker Script in Portuguese Abstract: Libraries have existed in one form or another for over 4,000 years. They have been around that long not because…

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A Manifesto for Global Librarianship

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“A Manifesto for Global Librarianship” Next Library Conference. Berlin, Germany. (via video conference) Speech Text in English: Read Speaker Script Speech Text in German: Read Speaker Script in German Abstract: It is a time for thinking boldly about our profession, the role we play in society, and how we advance an agenda of smarter and…

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