Category Archives: 2015

An Action Plan for World Domination Through Librarianship

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“An Action Plan for World Domination Through Librarianship” CILIP 2015 Annual Conference. Liverpool, UK. Abstract: The future for libraries of all sorts is in engaging our communities in learning. The communities in our towns, schools, colleges, and businesses need a proactive corps of librarians dedicated to knowledge, and a mission of facilitation. David’s presentation will highlight…

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Libraries as Platforms of World Domination

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“Libraries as Platforms of World Domination” ILEAD USA. Springfield, IL. Abstract: Integrating the community into the collection is not a gimmick or a fad. Making community expertise a direct part of what the library offers – what the library is is not only possible, but essential. This session wraps in 9 states to work on…

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Expecting More From Our Libraries

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“Expecting More From Our Libraries” Baldwinsville Public Library Staff Development. Baldwinsville, NY. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Baldwinsville.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2015/Baldwinsville.mp3 Screencast: Expecting More From Our Libraries from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Communities in Crisis

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“Communities in Crisis” Association des bibliothécaires français. Strasbourg, FR (via video). Abstract: How do libraries respond in times of crisis? They dive deeper into their communities. Is this an act of politics? Yes. Slides: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/france.pdf Audio: https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2015/France.mp3 Screencast: This video has French captioning. A very heartfelt thank you to Nathalie CLOT, Directrice Bibliothèque universitaire d’Angers and…

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Everything You Learned in Library School is Wrong

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Please note I have added a new cleaner audio track to this presentation (and the audio download) as well as adding a YouTube version of the presentation (in case you like to see me walking around). “Everything You Learned in Library School is Wrong” ILEAD USA. Springfield, IL. Abstract: We all know that Libraries are Good…

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Expecting More From Our Libraries and Communities

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“Expecting More From Our Libraries and Communities” Professional Development Speaker Series. Toronto, Canada. Abstract: Libraries are more important now than ever – but not the same libraries we have always had. Our patrons need to expect more of us, and we, in turn, should expect more of them. We must form a partnership based on aspirations…

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Radical Librarians

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“Radical Librarians” Bertha Bassam Lecture University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Toronto, Canada. Abstract: For too long librarians have seen their role as being unbiased agents standing ready to serve. Librarians must be agents of transformative social engagement — actively working to better their communities. From the riots in Ferguson, to the Arab Spring, we see…

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The Librarian, The Closet, & The Empty Room

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“The Librarian, The Closet, & The Empty Room” School Library Systems Conference. White Plains, NY. Abstract: Librarianship needs a radical change – a focus from libraries as places and institutions to librarians as radical positive change agents. This presentation talks about defining the profession and places by the people who make a difference – librarians. Slides:…

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Expecting More: School Librarians & Change

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“Expecting More: School Librarians & Change” Saskatchewan School Library Association. Webinar. Abstract: This presentation will be based around the book Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World (now available as a free digital download). David Lankes will share his argument that in order to thrive, communities need libraries that go beyond bricks, mortar,…

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