Category Archives: 2009

New Librarianship

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“New Librarianship” Keynote Charleston Conference 2009, Charleston, SC. Abstract: The best days of librarianship are ahead of us. However, to get there the field must step back, refocus, and reexamine our core principles. We as a profession have become so focused on the trees of standards and process that we are now at risk from…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: Job Security

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The director of the university library called together her staff. ā€œIā€™m afraid I have bad news. Tuition revenue is down, fewer parents are sending their kids to our university, and there will have to be budget cuts.ā€ A few hours later the director decided to walk the building and get a sense of moral among…

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Longshots #191: The Power of Participatory Librarianship

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Here is a podcast I did with Sarah Long. Check it out. She also has a bunch of other great podcasts to check out as well: Sarah talks with Dr. R. David Lankes, Associate Professor and Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse School of Information Studies at Syracuse University about the concept of participatory…

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Inventing the Future of Librarianship

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“Inventing the Future of Librarianship” Keynote Knutpunkt 2009, Linkoping, Sweden. Abstract: This presentation examines work to redefine librarianship not as a set of functions, or skills, but as a deeper mission rooted in how people learn and use knowledge. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2009/RealSweden.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2009/Sweden.mp3 Screencast:

They Named the Building after Us

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“They Named the Building after Us” Northern New York Library Network 2009 Conference, Potsdam, NY. Abstract: The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. Through service, innovation, and leadership, librarians facilitate conversations in schools, communities, colleges, government, businesses, and beyond. It is this act of facilitation of knowledge…

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A Time of our Choosing

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“A Time of our Choosing” Keynote for the Michigan Library Consortium Annual Meeting, Lansing, MI. Abstract: An argument for taking a step back and reconceptualizing librarianship through conversation. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2009/Lansing.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2009/MichiganLansing.mp3 Lecture Notes: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2009/LansingNotes.html Screencast: