Category Archives: Presentation

Forget the Future: Our Time is Now

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“Forget the Future: Our Time is Now” RUSA President’s Program, American Library Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. Slides: Slides in PDF Speech Text: Read Speaker Script Abstract: Our communities-our colleges, our towns, our schools, our businesses-need us. As those we serve face growing tensions of nationalism, xenophobia, racism, extremist politics, and social media sites that seems…

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A Carolina School of Librarianship

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“A Carolina School of Librarianship” Metrolina Annual Conference. Charlotte, SC. Abstract: In academic and disciplinary circles there is a rare occurrence when a school, an organizational unit, transforms into a school of thought. This kind of school of thought galvanizes thinking between scholars and practitioners to change how we think about something. Classic examples include…

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The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World

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[Please note that this presentation is only half of the full session. The second half included a discussion with Nicole Cooke of the University of Illinois, Miguel Figueroa of ALA’s Center for the Future, and Scott Walter the University Librarian of DePaul University. Unfortunately I was not set up to record their insightful remarks.] “The…

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The Opportunities and Obligations of the Knowledge School

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“The Opportunities and Obligations of the Knowledge School” South Carolina Association of School Librarians. Greenville, SC. Abstract: An overview of strategic directions for the School of Library and Information Science and a call for participation. Slides: Slides in PDF Audio: Presentation Notes: [This is not an actual transcript of my talk, but rather speaking notes I…

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Expecting More From Our Libraries & Communities

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“Expecting More From Our Libraries & Communities” Florence Public Library Staff Development Day. Florence, SC. Abstract: A discussion of what a library is in the fame of community focus. Slides: Slides in PDF Audio: Florence Public Library Staff Development Day from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts

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“A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts” Sarasota County Public Library Staff Development Day. Sarasota, FL. Abstract: Communities need the public library now more than ever. In an era when neighbors are more divided than ever, and even the nature of truth and facts are in question, ho do librarians best serve their…

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Data, Information, & Knowledge: The Right Profession For The Right Time

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“Data, Information, & Knowledge: The Right Profession For The Right Time” 2016 Maine Library Association Conference. Newry, ME. Abstract: The 2016 presidential election demonstrates the weaknesses in seeing data and information as substitutes for true knowledge. Librarians by embracing a knowledge and a community approach are perfectly situated for moving the country ahead in the…

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Building the Knowledge School

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“Building the Knowledge School” 2016 Charleston Conference. Charleston, SC. Abstract: The rise of the information school movement has been seen as both a positive and negative reality in the preparation of librarians. Have undergraduate programs taken away resources and attention from the masters in library science? Has the growth of faculty with little or no…

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The Future of Libraries: Predicting Through Invention

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“The Future of Libraries: Predicting Through Invention” LACONI Workshop. Schaumburg, IL. Abstract: Alan Kaye once said “the best way to predict the future is to invent it.” The quote exemplifies the opportunities available to libraries today. In the face of technological and even political uncertainty it is important for librarians to forge and promote a…

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