Category Archives: New Librarianship

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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Germaqn Language Cover of the Expect More Book

German Edition of Expect More Named 2017 Book of the Year

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PASSWORD-Online, the German online magazine, has chosen the German Edition of David Lankes Expect More as the “book of the year 2017.” A very special note of thanks to Prof. Dr. Hans-Christoph Hobohm and his team of translators. He and his team went well beyond simply translating words, but did an amazing job translating and promotion…

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Claiming Victory and Moving On

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“Claiming Victory and Moving On” Rutgers University Beta Phi Mu Fall Speaker. New Brunswick, NJ. Abstract: The rise of information as an idea and discipline since World War II has been driven by the belief that information underlies, and can change, just about every other discipline and industry. Library science scholars, and information scientists have…

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The Future is About Knowledge Not Information

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“The Future is About Knowledge Not Information” Bibliotheksmetamorphosen 2: Bibliothek 4.0. Winterthur, Switzerland. Speech Text: Read Speaker Script Abstract: The role of the public library as a place to collect and distribute information seems like an obvious success strategy for an increasingly connected and digital world. Yet there are many players doing this well beyond…

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A New Librarianship

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“A New Librarianship” Georgia Libraries Conference. Columbus, GA. Abstract: Repeat after me: “Access does not equal impact or knowledge or improvement.”…unless you are also talking about access to education, economic opportunity, good schools, good nutrition, transportation, and resources. Yes, libraries are part of a whole network where we meet our communities’ needs, but we cannot…

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On Racism, Ignorance, and Librarianship

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I begin this post by condemning the racists, white supremacist, and Nazi actions in Charlottesville. The past few days have been extremely troubling, and left me wondering what I can do. I then remembered I was asked that exact question after the Charlie Hebdo attack in France. I put together this post: https://davidlankes.org/charlie-hebdo/ This morning…

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Library Renaissance: Building the International Knowledge School

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tl;dr version: Two years ago I did a world tour where I talked about a librarianship based on knowledge and community engagement. I ended up doing a lot more listening than talking. I met amazing librarians, I found common cause, and ideas of how we all could work closer together. So, now it’s time to…

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Access and Impact

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[Originally posted to Facebook] Ok I’m feeling preachy. Repeat after “me access does not equal impact or knowledge or improvement”…Unless you are also talking about access to education, economic opportunity, good schools, good nutrition, transportation, and resources. Yes libraries are part of a whole network where we meet Maslow’s needs, but we can’t simply assume…

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