“Pragmatic Utopians & Building a Movement” LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar. Video Conference.
Abstract: Tactical tips to building an agenda and movements.
Slides: Webinar Slides
“A Faculty of One: Navigating the Complexities of Interdisciplinary Work” Dominican University’s McGreal Lecture. Chicago, IL.
Abstract: A discussion of how institutional structures need to match a call for greater interdisciplinary faculty work. The case study of information science is given.
We had a great turn out for the Expect More workshop on librarian advocacy co-organized with Collaboratory partners EveryLibrary and Tech Logic. Thanks again to all Collaboratory partners for supporting this important work.
Below is a recording of the event, slides, and audio only version.
Slides: Orlando Workshop Slides
Handouts: Orlando PowerMapping Handouts
Audio Only: http://DavidLankes.org/rdlankes/pod/2016/ALAChopped.mp3
“From Books and Mortar to Community Hubs” The Society of Chief Librarians Seminar 2016 – Changing Horizons: challenges, trends and new ways of delivering. Warwick University, England.
Abstract: Libraries have existed for over 4 millennia not by remaining the same, but by evolving, sometimes rapidly, to meet the needs of the communities they serve. This talk will explore the evolution of librarianship and key messaging for building support from communities.
Slides: SCL Slides
“Expect More: Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World” Cuyahoga County Public Library Staff Development Day. Parma, OH.
[Please note this is the first of three times this talk was presented, so if it doesn’t sound familiar you may have been in a different session.]
“Rocket Science is Easy” Urban Librarians Conference. Brooklyn, NY.
Abstract: There is a different between a complicated and a complex problems. Both are hard, but complicated problems deal with known approaches, variables, and parameters. Complex problems are full of unknowns, shifting parameters, and unanticipated connections. Getting a rocket to the moon? Complicated. Helping immigrants find their place in a community? Complex. Library science is complex as librarians must navigate the intricacies of knowledge and human behavior. This presentation presents the vital importance of librarians in the complex tasks of building communities.
Slides: Rocket Science is Easy
“The Myths of Innovation” Georgia Virtual Staff Development Day. Web.
Abstract: Many see innovation as a sort of grand effort from a gifted few. Innovation seems characterized by the start-up, or the creative class. Yet innovation, adoption of positive change, is essential to all institutions and is actually an obligation of the professional – including the librarian. This session will examine the myths of innovation, how these myths can prevent positive change, and examples of locally grown innovation that makes a difference to librarianship.
“Librarianship: Saving The World One Community At A Time” VALA 2016. Melbourne, Australia.
Abstract: We live in uncertain times of war, protest, terrorism, economic austerity, ecological disasters, and mass surveillance. What can librarians do to help communities in such turbulent times? Lankes will discuss how a proactive librarianship can build an alternative path to the growing “security versus freedom” narrative. Librarianship can shine in times of crisis, but it requires a focus on improving society over informing customers.
There is a video of the talk for VALA members.
“Librarianship in the Growing Information Domain…or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Information” University of Sydney Library’s Experts Program Series. Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Abstract: How do librarians and libraries fit in the new information landscape? How does the L fit with the I in LIS?