Category Archives: New Librarianship

The New Librarianship Field Guide Now Available

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This week I’m posting on my new book, The New Librarianship Field Guide. I’ll be talking about what’s in it, but also how it fits with other work like the Atlas of New Librarianship. MIT Press is shipping these now, and Amazon is taking pre-orders with availability starting the week of May 20th. To kick…

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Rocket Science is Easy

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“Rocket Science is Easy” Urban Librarians Conference. Brooklyn, NY. Abstract: There is a different between a complicated and a complex problems. Both are hard, but complicated problems deal with known approaches, variables, and parameters. Complex problems are full of unknowns, shifting parameters, and unanticipated connections. Getting a rocket to the moon? Complicated. Helping immigrants find their…

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The Myths of Innovation

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“The Myths of Innovation” Georgia Virtual Staff Development Day. Web. Abstract: Many see innovation as a sort of grand effort from a gifted few. Innovation seems characterized by the start-up, or the creative class. Yet innovation, adoption of positive change, is essential to all institutions and is actually an obligation of the professional – including…

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Libraries Transform Communities

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Here is a video I put together for the 30th anniversary of the Portuguese Public Library Network: Libraries Transform Communities from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Librarianship: Saving The World One Community At A Time

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“Librarianship: Saving The World One Community At A Time” VALA 2016. Melbourne, Australia. Abstract: We live in uncertain times of war, protest, terrorism, economic austerity, ecological disasters, and mass surveillance. What can librarians do to help communities in such turbulent times? Lankes will discuss how a proactive librarianship can build an alternative path to the…

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Librarianship in the Growing Information Domain…or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Information

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“Librarianship in the Growing Information Domain…or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Information” University of Sydney Library’s Experts Program Series. Sydney, NSW, Australia. Abstract: How do librarians and libraries fit in the new information landscape? How does the L fit with the I in LIS? Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2016/Sydney.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2016/Sydney.mp3 Librarianship in the Growing…

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Building an Academic Platform for the Future (and NOW)

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“Building an Academic Platform for the Future (and NOW)” Reinventing the Library The Future Role of Libraries within SUNY and Beyond. Syracuse, NY. Abstract: The importance of seeing the academic library as both platform and publisher. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2016/SUNY.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2016/SUNY.mp3 Building an Academic Platform for the Future (and NOW) from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

The Obligation of Innovation

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“The Obligation of Innovation” OLA Super Conference 2016. Toronto, ON, Canada. Abstract: Librarians must lead their communities in innovation by example. If our libraries are to be incubators of new ideas, librarians must model creativity, adaptability, continuous learning, and leading change that makes a difference. This isn’t about apps, or looking like Silicon Valley, it…

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Dominican’s GSLIS Joins Collaboratory

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Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science has joined the Expect More Collaboratory. GSLIS will be at the center of next year’s focus on applying the ideas of Expect More in the Chicago area. I look forward to working with Dominican and our other partners to make a real difference in how communities…

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Expect More Second Edition    

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The Expect More Collaboratory is about to produce it’s first deliverable: the second edition of the Expect More book. This will be quickly followed by an Expect More Workbook and, in the summer, online training and advocacy materials. With the release of the second edition the downloadable and print version of the first edition will…

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New Narratives for Librarians

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“New Narratives for Librarians” SLA Military Libraries Division Training Workshop 2015. Washington, DC. Abstract: Librarians must move past traditional narratives that are holding back the profession. Military librarians also have a special opportunity to craft a new narrative of libraries and security. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Military.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2015/Military.mp3 Screencast: New Narratives for Librarians from R. David Lankes…

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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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7 White Guys and a Weather Balloon

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“7 White Guys and a Weather Balloon” MakerSpace 3.0: Retinkering Libraries. Westport, CT. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Westport.pdf Screencast:

From Bringer of Doom to Bringer of Hope

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“From Bringer of Doom to Bringer of Hope” Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Buffalo, NY. Abstract: By embedding librarianship directly into patient support and engaging patients as more than symptoms and diseases medical librarians can help the entire field of medicine transition to true patient centered care. In this…

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Day 45,626

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“Day 45,626” NYLA’s 125th Annual Conference. Lake Placid, NY. Abstract: This year NYLA celebrates its 125th anniversary (45,625 days). 45,625 days ago Melvil Dewey, one of NYLA’s founders, saw the future of libraries in standardization, efficiency, and industrialization. 45,625 days ago the future of libraries was in shared structures, shared methods, and librarians devoted to…

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Librarians as Agents of Transformation

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“Librarians as Agents of Transformation” Informatie aan Zee 2015. Oostende, Belgium. Abstract: What can be learned from the U.S. librarians’ response to the economic crisis, and the importance of hope and optimism in librarianship. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Belgium.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2015/Belgium.mp3 Major Points: Major points Screencast: Librarians as Agents of Transformation from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

CILIP Talk Now Streaming

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Here is a video of my presentation to CILIP this past summer. I also used it to improve the audio of the screencast I posted over the summer.