Author Archives: rdlankes

New Website

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So while you’re waiting for iOS8 to install – or whatever normal people do – take a look at my new home on the web. It’s prettier. No real new content, just a new look and feel. All the old links should still work. Let me know what you think.

Expect More the Audio Book Now Available

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[TL;DR version: You can now buy the full audio book version of Expect More from Audible, iTunes, or Amazon…or continue to listen to it one chapter at a time from Circulating Ideas or Nerd Absurd] {Cue Infomercial Voice} Tired of having to wait two weeks for a chapter of Expect More the audio book? Want…

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Expect More…Audio

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[TL;DR version: Working with Circulating Ideas and the NerdAbsurb podcasts I'm making an Expect More Audio book.] There are some great reasons for doing books with publishers. You get great editorial and design assistance. There is no way I could have done the Atlas of New Librarianship without MIT Press and ACRL. However, there also…

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Light The Night Walk – Join My Team!

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We’re forming a team for Light The Night Walk on September 18th and we hope you’ll join us. Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation’s night to pay tribute and bring hope to thousands of people battling blood cancers and to commemorate loved…

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LibOnCon

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“Continuous Learning” Opening Keynote for The Library OnConference. Online. Abstract: Librarians must build a system of continuous learning to better to engage their communities. From Alexandria to Ferguson to your back yard, librarians can make an amazing difference. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/LibOnCon.pdf Screencast:

Radical Librarians in Ferguson and Beyond

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A militarized police force – clad in body armor, helmets, and camouflage – shot rubber bullets and tear gas at the protestors. Children huddled in their houses, unable to sleep as their parents took turns watching the front doors for trouble, their father sitting next to a baseball bat just in case. The government called…

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Ferguson Library

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I have never been to Ferguson. I have never been to the Ferguson Library. I love the Ferguson Library. Go look at this page: http://abcnews.go.com/US/ferguson-library-refuge-adults-children-amid-strife/story?id=25050930 Now read this: http://johnbeaudoin4.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/the-library-of-solace/ I read these right after re-reading my book Expect More for an upcoming project that starts with the Arab Spring and the modern Library of Alexandria…

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Bliss in the Moment

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[EDITORIAL NOTE: Putting up a post that includes the words “bliss” and “optimism” in the midst of civil unrest in Missouri, rockets in Gaza, and bedlam in the Ukraine may seem a bit tone deaf. However, I feel it appropriate because: 1. It is about cancer and that excuses everything, 2. Adding to depressing news…

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A “Pre-Announcement” for My Next Book: The Boring Patient

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So what the heck is a pre-announcement? Well, it is really a call for help as I continue to explore self-publishing. I am looking for advice, help, crazy ideas, and thoughts in general from the library community on how we can best use my next book, The Boring Patient. What’s The Boring Patient about? It…

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Kindle Unlimited

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I wrote the following post for the iSchool’s Information Space Blog. Thought folks here might find it useful. Can I tell you why I’m so excited about Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service? Because, aside from all my publications with academic presses and journals, I am an independent publisher. My book, Expect More, was published as a physical copy and…

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New Librarianship MasterClass/MOOC Starts Monday

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Just a reminder that the New Librarianship MOOC will be offered again starting on Monday. Look here for more information: http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?p=5819 Look here for self-registration information: http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?p=5915

Innovation in the Country

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“Innovation in the Country” Keynote for ILEAD USA. Abstract: Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community. I tried something different for this one…live video with on screen pop ups. Please let me know if you like it or how it could be better. Screencast: Innovation…

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Interview with Anna Maria Tammaro

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Video and audio from a short interview with Anna Maria Tammaro on New Librarianship and Italian librarians: Interview on New Librarianship with Anna Maria Tammero from R. David Lankes on Vimeo. Audio Only: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/Italy.mp3 Here is a list of the questions we started with: 1. What is the value of librarians and how can it…

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Master Class Now Open for Enrollment

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Starting at the end of June I’ll be running the New Librarianship Master Class (June 30-July 27). For those who are familiar with the MOOC I did last summer, this is a repeat of that course. For those unfamiliar, here is a description: About the Class Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library…

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EveryLibrary Rapid Response Fund

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I love this idea. I have been a big fan of EveryLibrary since it started. They are doing good work for a good cause (libraries) and they are doing it in a smart way. Their latest effort, Rapid Response Fund, will allow them to help libraries at the 11th hour: “Our Rapid Response Fund is…

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A Good PET Scan

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If there is one thing that cancer has not taught me it is patience, so here’s the punch line: Had my first PET scan since the stem cell (bone marrow) transplant on Wednesday. Got the results today. The results: no indication of cancer at this time. Now for more nuance than Twitter will allow. My…

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Day 100

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Today my bone marrow turns 100 days old. In stem cell transplant circles that’s a milestone. To celebrate my wife and friends have organized a blood drive and I’m hoping there will be cake. Earlier I posted a video of the effects of chemo. Today I post the “completed” video that shows the changes from…

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New Librarianship Master Class to be Offered Again

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Last summer I offered a MOOC on the basics of New Librarianship. Over 2,300 people enrolled. However, many said they couldn’t participate at the time, or had to drop out for other obligations. Now, thanks to the State Library of Illinois’ ILEAD USA project, I’m offering it again. Starting June 30th and running through July…

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Nerd Absurd’s 100th Podcast

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I’m a big fan of the Nerd Absurd podcast and had a blast talking to Virginia, Nick, Leland, and Andrew. We talked libraries, maker spaces, MOOCs, tenure and academia. Perhaps that’s why I have such a good time….they let me ramble. Take a listen and check out their other great episodes at: http://nerdabsurd.com