Expect More: Why Libraries Cannot Become STEM Educators. Lankes, R. D (2015). Public Libraries and STEM Conference.
America’s public libraries can play an important role in furthering STEM education. However, this will be true only if STEM learning efforts focus on librarians and librarians acting as facilitators. Any effort to transform librarians into STEM experts will have limited success given the increasing number of roles librarians are being asked to take on. At the same time, the current belief among many librarians that they can only offer programming in which they feel comfortable or have expertise will strongly constrain STEM programming in libraries. Librarians must instead create platforms within a community to unleash STEM expertise within the communities they serve. This will involve changing the concept of libraries in the minds of librarians and community members alike. Librarians must facilitate the use and sharing of STEM expertise already existent in the community by the community. Librarians ultimately must see their communities as their collections, not simply materials in the building.
Cyberinfrastructure facilitators: new approaches to information professionals for e-Research. Lankes, R. D, Cogburn, D., Oakleaf, M., Stanton, J. (2008). Oxford e-Research Conference.
The Roles of Digital Reference in a Digital Library Environment, Lankes, R.D. (2004). In Zhan Furui (Ed), The Proceedings of Digital Library – Advance the Efficiency of Knowledge Utilization (pp. 262-274). Scientific and Technical Documents Publishing House, Beijing, China.
Taxonomies for Automated Question Triage in Digital Reference. Pomerantz, J., and Lankes, R. D. (2003). In C. C. Marshall, G. Henry and L. Delcambre (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, May 27-31 2003, Rice University, Houston, TX (pp. 119-121). Washington DC: IEEE Computer Society.
Assessing Quality in Digital Reference Services. Lankes , R. David, McClure, C., and Gross, M. (2001). In 2001 Proceedings of the 64st Annual Meeting (Vol. 38). The American Society for Information Science, Silver Spring, MD.
The Virtual Reference Desk: Supporting Education through a Network of Human Expertise. Wasik, Joann M., Lankes, R. David (1999) In Nixon, C. and Burmood, J. (Ed.), Internet Librarian 99: Proceedings of the Third Internet Librarian Conference. Information Today, Medford, NJ.
Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval for Educational Materials on the Internet: Metadata Development, Deployment, and Evolution. Sutton , Stuart A., Lankes, R. David, Small , Ruth and Eisenberg , Michael (1998). In Preston, C. (Ed.), 1998 Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting (Vol. 35). The American Society for Information Science, Silver Spring, MD.
The Virtual Reference Desk: Building Human Expertise into Information Systems. Lankes , R. David (1998). In Preston, C. (Ed.), 1998 Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting (Vol. 35). The American Society for Information Science, Silver Spring, MD.