Category Archives: World Tour

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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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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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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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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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.

Expect More: What’s In It For the Information Professional?

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“Expect More: What’s In It For the Information Professional?” European Social Innovation Week. Tilburg, Netherlands. Abstract: Librarians have a chance to fundamentally change the profession at the local, national and international level. This presentation covers why the profession is ready, our members are ready, and the crises that demand more of librarianship. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Tilburg.pdf A…

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