Category Archives: New Librarianship Field Guide

Forget the Future: Our Time is Now

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“Forget the Future: Our Time is Now” RUSA President’s Program, American Library Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. Slides: Slides in PDF Speech Text: Read Speaker Script Abstract: Our communities-our colleges, our towns, our schools, our businesses-need us. As those we serve face growing tensions of nationalism, xenophobia, racism, extremist politics, and social media sites that seems…

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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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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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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.  

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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Customer, Consumer, Users, and Other Mistakes

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“Customer, Consumer, Users, and Other Mistakes” LIANZA Annual Conference 2015. Wellington, New Zealand. Abstract: Librarians and the libraries they build are turning towards the communities they serve. Librarians have found renewed relevance and purpose in unleashing the knowledge and aspirations of the world’s towns, schools, universities, and businesses. However, this realignment can go too far…

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Libraries as Platforms of World Domination

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“Libraries as Platforms of World Domination” ILEAD USA. Springfield, IL. Abstract: Integrating the community into the collection is not a gimmick or a fad. Making community expertise a direct part of what the library offers – what the library is is not only possible, but essential. This session wraps in 9 states to work on…

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Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship Update

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Greetings all. There was a great deal of activity around my new book, a librarian-oriented follow-up to the Atlas of New Librarianship, at the beginning of the year. Well, it is 4 months later and there has been a lot of progress. Of course most of that progress is between me and my word processor, so…

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