New Librarianship

What is New Librarianship? It is librarianship recast through a focus on communities and knowledge over collections and buildings. It is about the “why” of libraries and librarianship over the “how.” It all starts with the mission of the librarian:

The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities

This approach is detailed in the Atlas of New Librarianship, and is extended in the New Librarianship Field Guide. It also includes tools for librarians like the New Librarianship MOOC (used by over 3,000 participants) and non-librarians like Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World.

This page serves as simply a cover for these projects and the deeper content for you to explore.


Blog Posts, Presentations, and Other New Librarianship Information

Serving & Saving Communities
"Serving & Saving Communities." Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference 2022. Knoxville, TN. …
Video Sharing & So Much More: New N2L2 Episode
Episode 17: Video Sharing & So Much More Beth Patin, Dave Lankes, …
The Battle for the Soul of the Library: A Response
The following is a letter I sent the New York Times in …
A New Home for the Salzburg Curriculum
The Salzburg Curriculum to prepare librarians and museum professionals for a participatory …
Relationships Instead of Transaction
"Relationships Instead of Transaction."  X Congreso Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas. Online. Abstract: …
Help: Connecting Great Students to Great Libraries
The Too Long; Didn’t Read version of this message is that as part of …
An Invitation to the New Librarianship Symposia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0uhgWp44Jc Hi, my name is David Lankes. When I wrote the Atlas …
A new normal – renaissance of the public library
"A new normal – renaissance of the public library." Stelline Conference, Milan, …
New Librarianship Symposia Invitation
I am so happy to announce a symposia series on New Librarianship. …
Ampliemos expectativas – Expect More in Spanish Free Online
On Tuesday I had the honor of joining a launch event with …
Librarians Building the New Normal
"Librarians Building the New Normal." Brazilian Federation of Associations of Librarians, Information …
How Libraries Can Help Us Make a More Perfect Union – The Long Version
On January 22nd Publisher's Weekly published on OpEd of mine in their …
The Library as a Movement
Lankes, R. David (2021). The Library as a Movement. In Slijkerman & …
Never Neutral, Never Alone
Lankes, R. David (2020). Never Neutral, Never Alone. Journal of Education for …
The Skillset Podcast
A quick introduction to the new Skillset podcast from The University of …
Library as Place: Comments to Advisory Group for the National Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland
"Library as Place." Advisory Group for the National Strategy for Public Libraries …
What is a Library if the Building is Closed?
"What is a Library if the Building is Closed?" Gigabit Libraries. via …
Expect More in Italian (Biblioteche innovative in un mondo che cambia)
Thanks to the amazing work of Anna Maria Tammaro and Elena Corradini, …
Is It Time for a Second Edition of the Atlas?
Greetings Readers and users of the Atlas of New Librarianship, I need …
A Point of Closing Optimism
In August the University of South Carolina Columbia campus will welcome students …