Category Archives: Presentation

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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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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A Carolina School of Librarianship

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“A Carolina School of Librarianship” Metrolina Annual Conference. Charlotte, SC. Abstract: In academic and disciplinary circles there is a rare occurrence when a school, an organizational unit, transforms into a school of thought. This kind of school of thought galvanizes thinking between scholars and practitioners to change how we think about something. Classic examples include…

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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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The Opportunities and Obligations of the Knowledge School

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“The Opportunities and Obligations of the Knowledge School” South Carolina Association of School Librarians. Greenville, SC. Abstract: An overview of strategic directions for the School of Library and Information Science and a call for participation. Slides: Slides in PDF Audio: Presentation Notes: [This is not an actual transcript of my talk, but rather speaking notes I…

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