Cutting Back Speaking

I just wanted to let folks know that I will be greatly limiting my travel and speaking schedule for the winter and spring (don’t worry librarians of Kansas and Rome, you can’t get away from me that easily). My wife is having some foot surgery and will be pretty immobile for a couple of months. This will also give me a chance to focus on some new projects like a new book (think Atlas for provosts, principals, and public – much more on that later).

That said if you are looking for a speaker via the Internet (Skype, Adobe Connect, FaceTime, iChat) I’m your man (and at greatly reduced honoraria). I appreciate your patience.

Lankes to Address the 57th National Conference of the Italian Library Association

R. David Lankes will present “A New Librarianship for a New Age” to the 57th National Conference of the Italian Library Association Congress on November 18th in Rome. The theme of the meeting is “Il futuro in biblioteca, la biblioteca in futuro” (The future in libraries. Libraries in the future”).

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Here is the announcement (in Italian obviously)

A partire dalla pagina sono disponibili tutte le informazioni sul 57. congresso nazionale dell’AIB “Il futuro in biblioteca, la biblioteca in futuro”, che si terrà a Roma, Complesso di San Michele a Ripa Grande, il 17 e 18 novembre 2011.
Come tradizione in contemporanea si terrà Bibliocom, rassegna di prodotti e servizi per le biblioteche

Il comitato scientifico ha reso disponibile anche il programma provvisorio che mette insieme interventi sul rapporto tra biblioteche, servizi e nuove tecnologie, anticipando prospettive future, senza dimenticare il ruolo degli altri partner della filiera del libro (editori, librai, lettori).
Tra i relatori annoveriamo i massimi esperti sulle tematiche, sia teorici sia pratici; guest speaker dagli Stati Uniti sarà David Lankes, guru della biblioteconomia del futuro (
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Le iscrizioni al congresso si apriranno nel mese di settembre.

Un saluto cordiale,
Giovanna Frigimelica

Segretario generale
Associazione Italiana Biblioteche tel. 06/4463532 fax 06/4441139 cell. 333/7644084 Skype: aib.frigimelica Posta elettronica certificata: aib@legalmail.it

Lankes to Participate in Salzburg Global Seminar

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I have been invited to be a part of the Salzburg Global Seminar “Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture” which will be held in Salzburg, Austria in October. The session is being convened jointly by the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
From the seminar description:

Abstract

As key stewards of our culture and heritage, libraries and museums have traditionally enjoyed, and to a great extent still do enjoy, a unique role and special responsibility within societies around the world. But as economic disruptions and rapid technological innovation have brought about dramatic societal changes, libraries and museums, too, are being forced to revisit and rethink their own roles and responsibilities within these changing societies. The 21st century indeed poses perplexing challenges, but at the same time offers intriguing new opportunities for libraries and museums. It is a critical moment for leaders within libraries and museums to reflect creatively and strategically about the role and place of their institutions in an era of participatory culture and to recognize and seize the opportunity for reorientation and reinvention.

Building on the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) initiative The Future of Museums and Libraries as well as on past museum and library sessions convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar, this session will bring together approximately fifty leaders, advocates and constituents of libraries and museums, cultural and educational policymakers, cultural sector researchers, representatives of library and museum education programs, technology experts, sociologists, journalists, and library and museum association representatives to debate the changing roles and responsibilities of libraries and museums in their societies. The participants will consider the following key areas: societal changes that are shaping the future of museums and libraries; collaboration; education and training; communication and technology; sustainability; value and values. Together, the participants will develop a set of recommendations for libraries and museums to meet the new challenges posed to them in this era of participatory culture. The recommendations, in turn, will be shared with the larger library and museum community worldwide.

This session is being convened in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C.

SALZBURG GLOBAL SEMINAR

The Salzburg Global Seminar is a unique international institution focused on global change—a place dedicated to candid dialogue, fresh thinking, and the search for innovative but practical solutions. Founded in 1947, it challenges current and future leaders to develop creative ideas for solving global problems, and has brought more than 25,000 participants from 150 countries and regions to take part in its programs. The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development, and engages opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society. To learn more about the Seminar, please visit www.salzburgglobal.org

THE INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES

The U.S. federal Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of governmental support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national and international levels and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

The Mission

The first of the threads focuses on the mission of librarians and the importance of a worldview…

Syracuse iSchool Prof. R. David Lankes to speak at Swedish Library Association conference

The Swedish Library association’s annual conference “Bibliotekdagarna” will feature a talk by Syracuse University School of Information Studies Associate Professor R. David Lankes. Lankes will present “The Librarian Militant, The Librarian Triumphant.”

Held for the past 10 years, Bibliotekdagarna is the biggest library conference in Sweden and includes librarians from a diverse set of working environments. Lankes will be the final of four speakers, including Prof. David Nicholas, director of the Department of Information Studies at University College London. Lankes has been invited to participate in the entire three-day conference held in Visby on the island of Gotland from May 11 through May 13, 2011.

In addition to his role as associate professor, Lankes is the director of the library and information science program at the iSchool. He also directs the Information Institute of Syracuse (IIS), and is a co-founder of the award-winning AskERIC project and founder of Virtual Reference Desk project responsible for building a national network of education expertise. He is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society, and seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity, he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation, including at the National Academies. Lankes holds a BFA in multimedia designs, an MS in telecommunications and network management and a Ph.D., all from Syracuse University.

Syracuse iSchool alumni Marie L. Radford and R. David Lankes to launch new book April 5 at Bird Library

Marie L. Radford G’75 and R. David Lankes ’92, G’99 will celebrate the publication of their new book Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends (Neal-Schuman, 2010) on Monday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of E.S. Bird Library.

Radford will give a talk about what information services will look like in the years ahead. She will discuss the opportunities, challenges, and realities that librarians will encounter. She will also address topics including how librarians can maintain equilibrium amid such rapid change, how emerging technologies will continue to impact reference services, and evolving user demands, especially from the tech-savvy and mercurial Millennial Generation.

Radford is an associate professor at the Rutgers School of Communication & Information. Her research interests are interpersonal communication aspects of reference/information services (both traditional and virtual), nonverbal communication, cultural studies, and media stereotypes of librarians. She is the 2010 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for distinguished contributions to reference librarianship given by the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Radford was acting dean of Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science in New York City. She has published numerous books and articles in top library and information science journals and frequently presents at national and international scholarly and professional venues. She is a co-author of the book Conducting the Reference Interview, 2nd ed. (Neal-Schuman, 2009). Her latest book is co-edited with R. David Lankes.

R. David Lankes is library and information science program director at the Syracuse iSchool as well as associate professor and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse (IIS). The IIS houses several high-profile research efforts, including the Educator’s Reference Desk and projects related to the NSF’s National Science Digital Library.??Lankes co-founded the award-winning AskERIC project and served as director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology. He also founded the Virtual Reference Desk project and served as one of the architects of the Gateway to Education Materials, a standards-based system for describing and finding educational materials on the Internet.??Lankes has authored, co-authored, or edited 14 books, written over 30 book chapters and journal articles and numerous pieces for information professionals. He has been principle investigator on over $13 million of competitively awarded research grants, and has served as a researcher on numerous projects. He has been a keynote speaker around the globe, giving more than 140 presentations at national and international conferences.

Please note this is not the Atlas to New Librarianship that will be published by MIT Press and ACRL in Spring 2011

Syracuse iSchool Library & Information Science program director R. David Lankes to speak at U.S. Embassy event in Rome, Italy

R. David Lankes, director of the Library & Information Science program at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool), will speak at the U.S. Embassy Rome’s spring event “Libraries in the 21st Century.” The event will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

The day-long conference is being organized by the U.S. Embassy to Italy and the American University of Rome. The conference is an initiative to engage the Italian library community in a dialogue with American peers, with the aim of sharing the best and most innovative practices taking place at American libraries.

Speakers at the event will include professionals from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), NATO, Università degli Studi di Parma, Università di Roma “La Sapienza,” Università degli Studi di Cagliari, and Università del Salento. Topics covered will include libraries as participatory places, new librarianship, social media for libraries, catalog sharing, marketing libraries, and the future of books. Lankes’ presentation will focus on how to build a new librarianship.

In addition to speaking at the U.S. Embassy event in Rome, Lankes will also give a presentation the next day in Naples at the Palazzo Donn’Anna to approximately 70 local librarians.

Lankes is LIS program director at the Syracuse iSchool as well as associate professor and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse (IIS). The IIS houses several high-profile research efforts, including the Educator’s Reference Desk and projects related to the NSF’s National Science Digital Library.

Lankes co-founded the award-winning AskERIC project in 1992 and served as director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology from 1998 to 2003. He also founded the Virtual Reference Desk project responsible for building a national network of education expertise. In addition, he was also one of the architects of the Gateway to Education Materials, a standards-based system for describing and finding educational materials on the Internet.
Lankes has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation, including at the National Academies. He has been appointed as a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada and the Harvard School of Education. He was also the first fellow of the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy.