Author Archives: rdlankes

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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Question Poster Questions

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For a few years I have been talking about the need for “Question Posters.” Instead of READ posters that promote reading, we need a campaign to promote libraries and their focus on learning. So rather than talking about it and hoping someone takes up the task, I’m stepping up…if you want me to. Below are…

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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: