My Publishers Weekly piece on community libraries has been translated into Italian by the Laboratori Bibliosociali. You can access it here: https://www.laboratoribibliosociali.it/david-lankes-biblioteche-di-comunita-in-corea-del-sud/?fbclid=IwAR0d4bazhbrv7jpV4FWmvDbzdIPhSCtVajrGwAlBNWIHXfL5UH8mCwpXrnc
Less; Better, a Workbook, and Looking for Feedback
I don’t know what you did over your winter break (for those that got one), but I wrote a new workbook and now I’m looking for a few brave souls to read it and give me feedback.
First, the ask, then the workbook summary: I’m looking for 5 folks to read the current draft and give me feedback on the text. NOT copyediting, but thoughts on the overall concept, does the text make sense, do the worksheets flow, do you like the cover, what did I miss, etc.
So what is Less; Better, and why a workbook? The short answer is that it seeks to fill a gap in thinking about community-based/new librarianship – finding focus. In my other books like Expect More and Atlas of New Librarianship a library is defined as the result of a librarian facilitate community learning. But this is so broad it raises the question – how can librarians do it all? Less; Better is about finding the balance.
A workbook because it includes exercises, slide decks, and hand outs to facilitate workshops and conversations on the topic. It is meant to be lightweight, useful, and practical. I first did a presentation on Less; Better last year at the New Jersey Library Association conference, and have since gotten regular requests to speak on the topic.
My plan is to self-publish this, just as I did with Expect More so I can keep it inexpensive, get it out quick, and be able to facilitate its use without complicated publisher negotiations.
So, if you are interested, let me know in the comments or email me at [email protected]
A special thanks to Jennifer R. Nelson, NJ State Librarian for her considered feedback.
Exploring the Innovative Community Libraries of Korea
Lankes, R. David (Jan. 12, 2023). Exploring the Innovative Community Libraries of Korea. Publishers Weekly. Available: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/91274-exploring-the-innovative-community-libraries-of-korea.html
Guida alla bibliotecnomia moderna
My opening remarks and answering questions for a webinar celebrating the launch of the Italian translation of the New Librarianship Field Guide. The full webinar (in Italian) is here:
Field Guide Translated into Italian
I am overjoyed that The New Librarianship Field Guide has not been translated into Italian. Thanks to Anna Maria Tammaro and the team at EDITRICE BIBLIOGRAFICA and MIT Press.
More info and purchase at EDITRICE BIBLIOGRAFICA
Guida alla biblioteconomia moderna
Guida alla biblioteconomia moderna. Lankes, R. David (2022). Milan, Italy: Editrice Bibliografica
The Future of Korean Libraries
Lankes, R. David (2022). The Future of Korean Libraries. World Library. Registration date: 2022-11-18. Available: bit.ly/3v3uKFc and bit.ly/3HM2JJQ
U.S. Book Show Interview
I did an interview with Andrew Albanese on current topics in the library field, and my book, Forged in War.
Libraries Lead in the New Normal Listener’s Guide
For those of you who don’t know, I’m part of a regular podcast on libraries and society in and (hopefully) post COVID. It’ a great time with my partners Beth Patin, and Mike Eisenberg. A great graduate assistant at Syracuse, Jeanne Kambara, put together a listeners guide to all the episodes so far. So, first a blurb on the podcast, and then the guide below. Check out the podcast home here: https://www.acechicagoevents.com/libraries-lead
Continue reading “Libraries Lead in the New Normal Listener’s Guide”
Libraries Lead the New Normal is a provocative podcast hosted by Beth Patin (Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse U), Dave Lankes (Professor, iSchool, U of Texas), and Mike Eisenberg (Dean/Professor Emeritus, iSchool, U of Washington) &
There’s an emerging new normal. 2020 was brutal and has affected all aspects of our lives. As we come out of the pandemic in 2021 and beyond, we must ask, “Are these changes temporary and short-lived or are more fundamental and long-term?” It seems like this is a good time for re-examination and possibly reset of home-life and work-life, education, commerce, social life, politics, and even recreation. We think that this can be a valuable time for life-altering, ground breaking, and transformative change.
Interview about Forged in War on Circulating Ideas
Had a great conversation with Steve Thomas on his Circulating Ideas podcast on my new book Forged in War. Check it out: https://circulatingideas.com/2021/06/15/201-david-lankes-forged-in-war/