Category Archives: Research

Library Renaissance: Building the International Knowledge School

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tl;dr version: Two years ago I did a world tour where I talked about a librarianship based on knowledge and community engagement. I ended up doing a lot more listening than talking. I met amazing librarians, I found common cause, and ideas of how we all could work closer together. So, now it’s time to…

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Hearst awards major grant to College of Information and Communications

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Hearst awards major grant to College of Information and Communications Posted July 5, 2017 by Rebekah Friedman Photo: Students, faculty and staff participate in South Carolina’s “Read-In” at the State House. The College of Information and Communications has received a $100,000 Hearst Foundations grant to strengthen South Carolina communities through comprehensive literacy efforts. The grant…

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Help Enhance South Carolina’s Emergency Response for Persons with Disabilities During and After a Crisis

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Hurricane Matthew Survivors with Disabilities Are you a survivor of Hurricane Matthew with a disability living in South Carolina? If so, The University of South Carolina needs your input regarding your experiences during the Hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding. The information collected will not be identifiable and will be used to enhance South Carolina’s…

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Pragmatic Utopians & Building a Movement

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“Pragmatic Utopians & Building a Movement” LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar. Video Conference. Abstract: Tactical tips to building an agenda and movements. Slides: Webinar Slides Audio:   LLAMA from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Fear of the Dark: Crafting a Security Narrative in Libraries

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[tl;dr version: Rather than simply fight the current false dichotomy of security versus freedom, librarians should craft an alternative narrative around security through knowledge.] We fear the unknown. It is a truism from fairy tales to military strategy. The other, the alien, the undefined sets people on edge. It is also apparent in the recent…

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I’m Looking for Doctoral Students

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Come study with me…come help me change the world. Below is the recruitment announcement for Syracuse’s Ph.D. program. I am looking for good folks to come and work with me. It is increasingly vital that we have information scientists and new faculty in the field. Let me know if you are interested. I’d love to…

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IMLS Funds Community Profile System

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We’re aiming to take “The Community is the Collection” from slogan to reality with a new National Leadership Grant from IMLS. Co-PIs: Yun Huang, R. David Lankes, Jian Qin Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) is partnering with Coulter Library at Onondaga Community College (OCC) and Fayetteville Free Library (FFL – an Onondaga county public…

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Join the Expect More Collaboratory

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Four Years ago I wrote Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World to start a conversation between librarians and the communities they serve. Since that time thousands have used the book to start conversations, teach students, do board development, and even shape director and dean searches. The time has come to take Expect More…

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Keynotes From ILEAD USA March

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My favorite professional development project started a new cohort (in 10 different states) in March. Below are links to just the keynotes from that session. All are awesome and well worth your time (with the exception of that Lankes character who talks too much). Everything You Learned in Library School is Wrong  David Lankes, Syracuse…

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Announcing a Series of Radical Conversations

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The announcement of the Radical’ Guide to New Librarianship has prompted a lot of interest, including folks asking how they can help. Well, here you go. We need your input, stories, and ideas. There are several new topics we’re working on for The Radical’s Guide: notably libraries as institutions, the role of collections, and a…

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