Category Archives: Ideas

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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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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Salzburg Curriculum Snippets and References

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After the seminar in Salzburg, I included references to the curriculum and ideas on transformative social action in some of my presentations. I’ve compiled the snippets and links here: Full Presentation: “Librarians as Change Agents” Video Webchat, U.S. Embassy in Rome, Rome, Italy. https://davidlankes.org/rdlankes/blog/?p=1303 Full Presentation: “Expect More: Service is Proactive” CARLI Virtual Meeting, Webcast.…

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Salzburg Curriculum

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This is a video walkthrough with some of my interpretations of the Salzburg curriculum for Librarians and Museum Professionals. More discussion and interpretation to come.

Salzburg Curriculum for Library and Museum Studies

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On October 19th, 2011 a group of innovators from over 20 countries gathered in Salzburg, Austria to discuss “Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture.” Through plenary panels and intensive break out group, the seminar fellows developed a series of challenges and recommendations. One of those groups was charged with developing recommendations and…

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A rose by any other name…

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I have included a discussion about what we call the folks who use libraries (members) in several presentations and it’s all over my book. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what we call ourselves. Over the past month across two continents and four different venues this question has come up. Before I…

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Dave Screencast How To

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Here is a screencast on how I do “talking head” screencasts on my Mac. I am just amazed how increasingly easy it is for a person and a computer to make pretty polished productions these days. by the way,someone asked me if I came up with the term (hence my comment in the opening of…

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Draft Report from LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control

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Today someone asked me about how the new LC report (http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/draft-report.html) meshed with participatory library concepts. Much of this is very compatible: user create materials, wider cooperation, distribution of tasks, etc. However, a central tenant of participatory is the focus on conversation and how artifacts only make sense in the context of someone’ use. Perhaps…

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