Category Archives: 2011

Presentations from 2011

A New Librarianship for a New Age

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“A New Librarianship for a New Age” 57º Congresso nazionale AIB (57th National Congress of the Italian Library Association), Rome, Italy Abstract (English): A new librarianship is emerging, taking the lessons learned over that nearly 3,000 year history to forge an approach based not on books and artifacts, but on knowledge and community. This librarianship…

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Librarians as Change Agents

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“Librarians as Change Agents” Video Webchat, U.S. Embassy in Rome, Rome, Italy. Abstract: This is more a recorded conversation than a formal presentation. How can librarians promote social change? Join Professor R. David Lankes from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies to discuss how today’s global challenges require a new librarianship based on community engagement.…

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Expect More: Service is Proactive

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“Expect More: Service is Proactive” CARLI Virtual Meeting, Webcast. Abstract: There is an old joke that goes “what do you call three librarians at a bar?” “A consortium.” The library field does have a lot of consortia. This is a testament to the openness and attitude of sharing in the profession. For decades libraries have…

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Publisher of the Community: New Librarianship Unencumbered by Our Stacks

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“Publisher of the Community: New Librarianship Unencumbered by Our Stacks” PLS President’s Program at the NYLA 2011 Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY. Abstract: Imagine libraries are places to learn and create, not consume and check out. Imagine the day when every book published is not only available digitally, but at a very low cost……imagine. Slides:…

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Building the Skills of Library and Museum Professionals

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“Building the Skills of Library and Museum Professionals” Lecture to the Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture Summit, Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria. Abstract: This is the world we have asked for, this is the world we have worked for. Why showcase culture if we are not enabling contribution to that culture.…

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Killing the Library Quickly

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A few weeks ago I did the Keynote at NELA and it was received very well, including a very thoughtful blog post by Agnostic, Maybe. I needed to create shorter more pithy version for the iSchools webpage, and so edited it down from an hour to 25 minutes. I thought it might be useful to…

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Killing Librarianship

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“Killing Librarianship” Keynote New England Library Association Annual Conference, Burlington, VT. Abstract: What might kill our profession is not ebooks, Amazon or Google, but a lack of imagination. We must envision a bright future for librarians and the communities they serve, then fight to make that vision a reality. We need a new activist librarianship…

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LIS Grand Challenges and the Death of the User

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“LIS Grand Challenges and the Death of the User” iSchool Colloquium Series University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Abstract: Grand challenges are hard problems with solutions that have societal level impacts. They are as much rallying cry as research agenda, and are useful in promoting innovation in the field and building strong cross-disciplinary partnerships. What are…

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New Librarianship in Rural Libraries

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“New Librarianship in Rural Libraries” PEACE Library System Annual Conference (via Teleconference), Alberta, CA. Due to technical audio problems with the video conference the actual presentation was not captured. The following video is a condensation and recreation of the presentation Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/PEACE.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2011/PEACE.mp3 Screencast:

Reinventing Library Services and Librarians in the Digital Age

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“Reinventing Library Services and Librarians in the Digital Age” University of Pittsburgh Staff Development Participatory Librarianship: A Vital Conversation about Librarianship and its Future, Pittsburgh, PA. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/Pitt-Library.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2011/PittLibrary.mp3 Screencast: