Category Archives: 2015

New Narratives for Librarians

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“New Narratives for Librarians” SLA Military Libraries Division Training Workshop 2015. Washington, DC. Abstract: Librarians must move past traditional narratives that are holding back the profession. Military librarians also have a special opportunity to craft a new narrative of libraries and security. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Military.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2015/Military.mp3 Screencast: New Narratives for Librarians from R. David Lankes…

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Customer, Consumer, Users, and Other Mistakes

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“Customer, Consumer, Users, and Other Mistakes” LIANZA Annual Conference 2015. Wellington, New Zealand. Abstract: Librarians and the libraries they build are turning towards the communities they serve. Librarians have found renewed relevance and purpose in unleashing the knowledge and aspirations of the world’s towns, schools, universities, and businesses. However, this realignment can go too far…

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7 White Guys and a Weather Balloon

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“7 White Guys and a Weather Balloon” MakerSpace 3.0: Retinkering Libraries. Westport, CT. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Westport.pdf Screencast:

From Bringer of Doom to Bringer of Hope

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“From Bringer of Doom to Bringer of Hope” Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Buffalo, NY. Abstract: By embedding librarianship directly into patient support and engaging patients as more than symptoms and diseases medical librarians can help the entire field of medicine transition to true patient centered care. In this…

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Day 45,626

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“Day 45,626” NYLA’s 125th Annual Conference. Lake Placid, NY. Abstract: This year NYLA celebrates its 125th anniversary (45,625 days). 45,625 days ago Melvil Dewey, one of NYLA’s founders, saw the future of libraries in standardization, efficiency, and industrialization. 45,625 days ago the future of libraries was in shared structures, shared methods, and librarians devoted to…

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Librarians as Agents of Transformation

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“Librarians as Agents of Transformation” Informatie aan Zee 2015. Oostende, Belgium. Abstract: What can be learned from the U.S. librarians’ response to the economic crisis, and the importance of hope and optimism in librarianship. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Belgium.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2015/Belgium.mp3 Major Points: Major points Screencast: Librarians as Agents of Transformation from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Expect More: What’s In It For the Information Professional?

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“Expect More: What’s In It For the Information Professional?” European Social Innovation Week. Tilburg, Netherlands. Abstract: Librarians have a chance to fundamentally change the profession at the local, national and international level. This presentation covers why the profession is ready, our members are ready, and the crises that demand more of librarianship. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Tilburg.pdf A…

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Expect More: Why Libraries Cannot Become STEM Educators

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“Expect More: Why Libraries Cannot Become STEM Educators” Public Libraries and STEM. Denver, CO. Abstract: A discussion of how librarians should seek to facilitate STEM learning over transforming all librarians into STEM educators. Also a discussion of how librarians must bring with them their values of equity in any partnership. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/STEM.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2015/STEM.mp3 Conference…

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The Changing Role of Librarians in Learning

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“The Changing Role of Librarians in Learning” Vatican Library School Lecture. Rome, Italy. Abstract: As our understanding of learning has changed, so too must librarianship. As we have moved from teaching an act done to people to learning as an act controlled by the individuals, librarianship shifts from passive transmission of information to active facilitation…

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Community as Collection

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“Community as Collection” Workshop at the Sangiorgio Library in Pistoia. Pistoia, Italy. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Pistoia.pdf Workshop Flyer: Flyer Screencast: