Category Archives: 2008

The Innovation Imperative

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“The Innovation Imperative” Oregon Virtual Reference Summit 2008, Salem, OR. Abstract: A discussion of the need for innovation in reference and throughout the library profession. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2008/Oregon.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/Oregon.mp3 Video: http://ptbed.org/downloads/Innovate.mp4

Connecticut Video now Online

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Google video from the Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference. If you want, you can download a higher quality version at: http://ptbed.org/downloads/Conn-CD.mov

The Library as Conversation

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“The Library as Conversation” Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference, Groton, CT. Abstract: Knowledge is generated through conversation. Libraries are in the knowledge business; hence, in the conversation business as well. Books, videos, and web pages are artifacts, the pale afterglow of active knowledge creation. The essential power of the library is found in facilitating knowledge…

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The Dewey-Level Shift

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“The Dewey-Level Shift” Information Futures Institute, Berkman Center, Cambridge, MA. Abstract: A discussion of how the future of libraries is shaped by participatory concepts and the theory that knowledge is created through conversation. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2008/IFIExport.pdf

Information Technology, Participatory Librarianship, and Educating LIS Professionals

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“Information Technology, Participatory Librarianship, and Educating LIS Professionals” Rutgers MLIS Colloquium, New Brunswick, NJ. Abstract: The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has named its first Fellow: R. David Lankes of the Syracuse School of Information Studies. Professor Lankes will speak about how the concept of participatory librarianship can build on Web…

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Systems, Conversations and Participation

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“Systems, Conversations and Participation” Innovative Interface’s Academic Library Director’s Conference, Berkeley, CA. Abstract: Social is the rage across the Internet. Social bookmarking, social tagging, social networks. But what is social and why does it matter? Can we just make something, like a library social? How can concepts such as community conversations clarify the mission of…

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Conversations, Participation and Libraries

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“Conversations, Participation and Libraries” SILS Colloquium at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. Abstract: Too much technology? Too little technology? Certainly the past two decades have challenged our schools to not only prepare librarians for a new practice environment, but to constantly place these technologies in the larger contexts of our field and society.…

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Participatory Libraries

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“Participatory Libraries” Drexel University School of Information and Technology College Colloquium Series, Philadelphia, PA. Abstract: The library landscape is constantly in flux. New technologies, new practices, and new theories are the sign of an active field. However, these dynamic forces also lead to confusion and conflict. It also leads to a spate of new services…

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Scapes

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“Scapes” OCLC Symposium on Reference and Social Networking, Philadelphia, PA. Abstract: Who said reference has to be one person, one librarian, one question? Can reference be a social activity? How can we truly put the user at the center of reference? How can we re-imagine reference as a learning activity where the reference librarian facilitates…

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