The Big Picture

“The Big Picture” State Library of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

Abstract: Dr. R. David Lankes of Syracuse University will discuss some of the ideas and challenges of participatory librarianship. Simply put, participatory librarianship recasts library and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created through conversation. Libraries are in the knowledge business, therefore libraries are in the conversation business. Participatory librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation. Be it in practice, policies, programs and/or tools, participatory librarians seek to enrich, capture, store and disseminate the conversations of their communities.