Author Archives: rdlankes

The Turning Tide: From Collection Development to Community Facilitation

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“The Turning Tide: From Collection Development to Community Facilitation” Saint John’s University Invited Lecture. New York City, NY. Abstract: Libraries have seen massive and profound changes in their collections over the past half century. It is time to radically change how we view service to our communities as well. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/SJU.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/SJU.mp3 Screencast: The…

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Announcing the Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship

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I have just signed a contract with MIT Press for the publication of The Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship, a follow up to The Atlas of new Librarianship. Over the next few weeks and months I will be reaching out to you for help in ensuring the Radical’s Guide helps you to better serve our…

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Moving Forward 42 Steps at a Time

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Three weeks back I gave an ending talk at the ILEAD U project. It was about overcoming fear and resistance, and the importance of building a team that will encourage you to move on. A few folks told me how that message was important outside of the context of librarianship and the project. Upon request,…

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Last Man Standing: How to Kill Public Libraries

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I don’t normally talk about library types. For me all libraries (really librarians in all contexts) serve a community, be that a community of citizens, students, faculty, lawyers or what have you. There is more that binds librarians together than separates them. That said, I have heard of a special set of concerns surrounding public…

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Remembering My Father

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16 years ago today my father died. I think of him often, and miss his wit and guidance. It is also not lost on me that he was just about 10 years older than me now when he died. As I grow older, I remember him and our time together differently. There is a nuance…

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Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians

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“Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians” University of Maryland iSchool Talk. College Park, MD. Abstract: The days when there was a single model for a library, if they ever existed, are gone. The idea that the library is a storehouse of books and materials is gone. The notion that a library can serve off…

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Re-Envisioning the MLS: Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians

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Join us as the iSchool and the Information Policy & Access Center Re-Envision the MLS with our thought leader speakers series. We are pleased to present Dr. R. David (Dave) Lankes as our first speaker on November 6, 2014. Please join us in-person or online! Details are below. Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians…

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Parable of the 42 Steps

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“Parable of the 42 Steps” Closing keynote for the ILEAD U 2014 Cohort. Springfield, IL. Abstract: Ending presentation to ILEAD U 2014 on how my trials with cancer have taught me to move forward in a world that often seeks to set us back. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/42paces.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/End.mp3 Screencast: Parable of the 42 Steps from…

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Publisher of the Community: We’re All Doomed

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“Publisher of the Community: We’re All Doomed” Closing keynote for the NISO Workshop on “Using the Web as an E-Content Distribution Platform: Challenges and Opportunities.” Abstract: We need to build platforms for scholarship and knowledge development, not information and content delivery. These platforms are not about APIs and eContent, but about people and content. We…

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Mapping the Community

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“Mapping the Community” South Central Regional Library Council Annual Meeting. Cortland, NY. Abstract: Libraries are changing. From a focus on collections to a focus on communities; from spaces of librarians to spaces of students, parents, faculty, and teachers. Of course all of this is just rhetoric. Real change requires tools to define the spate of…

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A Discussion of LIS Education for Italy

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This is a pre-recorded video I did for an Italian panel on LIS education. It seeks to summarize some main points on preparing librarians from the Atlas of New Librarianship. David Lankes on LIS Edcuation from R. David Lankes on Vimeo. Thanks again to Anna Maria Tammaro for her work spreading the word on New…

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I’m Better…Now What?

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[TL;DR version: I’m fine, but we all need to be better] My good friend and colleague Jill Hurst-Wahl asked me to write a bit about my current state of health. I think she is tired of letting folks know I’m fine now, have been doing some travel, and not stuck in a bubble. I feel…

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Cancer Posts and the Boring Patient

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Writing was part of my coping mechanism when going through treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and my stem cell (bone marrow) transplant. That writing was mainly in the form of blog posts. While The Boring Patient is much more than just a compilation of blog posts, these writings give you a good feel for the style…

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Cancer Videos

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As part of the roll out of my new book, The Boring Patient, here are two videos I produced through the stem cell cancer treatment: The actual stem cell transplant. The whole procedure took over an hour, so here is a much more watchable version. If you look carefully you can see a priest do…

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Sample Chapter from the Boring Patient

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The following is the first chapter from my new book, The Boring Patient. Buy it now: You can buy it now via CreateSpace (my preference) and Amazon. You can also get the eBook via Amazon (and Amazon Unlimited). Chapter 1: Getting to Know You I strive to be the boring patient. In the hospital, or during chemotherapy, I want to…

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Announcing My New Book: The Boring Patient

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The following is information about my new book, but I wanted to start out with a thank you to the readers of this blog. Thank you for all your support through my cancer journey. Thank you for your input and ideas on the book and the encouragement to write it up. If you read my…

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The Boring Patient

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The Boring Patient. Lankes, R. David (2014). Jamesville, NY: Riland Publishing.

Expect More (Audio Book)

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Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World (Audio Book). Lankes, R. David (2014). Jamesville, NY: Riland Publishing.

Chapter 2 of Expect More Audio Book

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Chapter 2: The Argument for Better Libraries: Expect Impact is now being podcast by Circulating Ideas and NerdAbsurd for free. Can’t wait to see how it ends? You can buy the whole audio book via Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

Publish or Perish: From Monks to MOOCs

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Announcing IST600: Publish or Perish: From Monks to MOOCs, a new class I am putting together for next semester (on campus). It is meant for masters and doctoral students interested in the evolution of scholarly publishing. Here’s the description: From academic librarians to independent consultants to doctoral students, information professionals have an amazing range of…

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