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

Less; Better, a Workbook, and Looking for Feedback
I don't know what you did over your winter break (for those …
Exploring the Innovative Community Libraries of Korea
Lankes, R. David (Jan. 12, 2023). Exploring the Innovative Community Libraries of …
Guida alla bibliotecnomia moderna
https://vimeo.com/788130778 My opening remarks and answering questions for a webinar celebrating the …
Field Guide Translated into Italian
I am overjoyed that The New Librarianship Field Guide has not been …
Guida alla biblioteconomia moderna
Guida alla biblioteconomia moderna. Lankes, R. David (2022). Milan, Italy: Editrice Bibliografica
OF the People
"OF the People." National Assembly Busan Library. Busan, Korea. Abstract: National and …
Future of Libraries
"Future of Libraries." National Library of Korea 77th Anniversary Conference. Seoul, Korea. …
Collective Individuality
“Collective Individuality: How libraries can support individual action” State Library Victoria Public …
Less; Better
"Less; Better." State Librarian's Program, New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference 2022. …
Publisher’s Weekly U.S. Book Show Library Program
Publisher's Weekly just hosted another great Book SHow. As part of it …
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 …