Category Archives: Research

UIS staff and faculty help to coordinate state-wide ILEAD U initiative

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I don’t think I ever put up information on a new IMLS initiative I’m working on with the State Library of Illinois. The following is a nice press release on the project from another project partner, UIS: Staff and faculty members from the University of Illinois Springfield’s Brookens Library and the Center for Online Learning,…

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Prof. R. David Lankes receives the 2009 Emerald Outstanding Paper Award

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Emerald Group Publishing of the United Kingdom has selected Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) Associate Professor R. David Lankes’ paper, “Credibility on the Internet: Shifting from Authority to Reliability,” as a 2009 Outstanding Paper Award Winner. Emerald is the world’s leading scholarly publisher in business and management, publishing more than 190 journals as…

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Reference Extract in under 4 minutes

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If the long explanation of Reference Extract is, well, too long, here is some help. The first is a 3 minute video on the basic concept of the project: Reference Extract: Concept from R. David Lankes on Vimeo. The second is a fast overview of the project’s proposed architecture: Reference Extract in 4 Minutes from…

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Reference Extract Seeking Support

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As we proceed to seek funding for the building of Reference Extract, we are seeking your support. Below is a video overview of Reference Extract (available in high definition too) and the concept of a credibility engine. Below that is a generic template for a letter of support. Reference Extract: Call for Support from R.…

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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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OCLC, Syracuse University and University of Washington to help develop a new Web search experience based on expertise from librarians

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DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 7 November 2008—Researchers and developers from OCLC, the world’s largest library cooperative, and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington today announced their participation in a new international effort to explore the creation of a more credible Web search experience based on input from librarians around the globe.…

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NSF Awards Syracuse Team Grant on CI Facilitators

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Jeffrey M Stanton, Elizabeth D Liddy, Derrick Cogburn, Megan Oakleaf, and R. David Lankes are co-PI’s on a new NSF grants entitled: CI-Facilitators: Information Architects across the STEM Disciplines. Paul Gandel, SU’s CIO also deserves a large portion of the credit for the grant. What does this have to do with participatory librarianship? Well, read…

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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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Paperback Writer

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So things on the blog have been a bit slow because I have been pushing out a raft of articles related to participatory librarianship. Within the next few months the following articles should start changing from “forthcoming” to actual dates and issue numbers: “Virtual Reference to Participatory Librarianship: Expanding the Conversation” Lankes, R. David (forthcoming).…

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Participatory Version of Tech Brief

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So, it has been a long summer. Sorry fort he delay in news. I’m just starting my sabbatical, so I had to get a lot of stuff out of the way first. Much more news should now be coming, starting with: We’ve now put up a new participatory version of the technology draft “Participatory Networks:…

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