Author Archives: rdlankes

The Boring Patient Reviews are In

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My new book The Boring Patient has been out for about 2 months and the reviews are starting to come in. Available as a paperback, ebook, and audio book here are some highlights. Amazon (5.0 out of 5 stars) 5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring but realistic journey of a great man dealing with cancer 5.0…

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Archive of New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC Now Available

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You can now quickly access to the archives of the New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC. See the course structure, watch the videos, and download materials at: http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=6599 Archives of the MOOC discussions are coming soon. The CourseSite version of the class is also still available.

Stories and Fiction: Join the Radical Conversation

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Today we start the second in our series of radical conversations, this time about the role of fiction and storytelling in knowledge creation. What is the role of narratives in the work of librarians, and what is the work of libraries in creating the stories of our communities? How can librarians serve their communities in…

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ILEAD USA and You

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Right now 10 State Libraries are gearing up to offer, in my opinion, the best learning experience for in-the-field librarians: ILEAD USA. The program consists of cross-library teams, mentors, amazing instructors, and thought leaders from across the industry. Though 3 intensive residencies librarians form a cohort around projects with the sole aim to produce awesome…

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Join the Radical Conversation on Defining a Library

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This week the folks behind the upcoming Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship are looking for your help in defining what a library is…from a New Librarianship point of view. As part of the Radical Conversations series, we need your help in understanding what differentiates a library from a community center, classroom, bookstore, or warehouse. Watch…

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The Future *some assembly required

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“The Future *some assembly required” 9th Sebina Day. Rome, Italy (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: A video discussion of New Librarianship including Italian subtitles [you have to turn of closed captions and choose Italian] Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/ItalyVideo.pdf Screencast:

Announcing a Series of Radical Conversations

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The announcement of the Radical’ Guide to New Librarianship has prompted a lot of interest, including folks asking how they can help. Well, here you go. We need your input, stories, and ideas. There are several new topics we’re working on for The Radical’s Guide: notably libraries as institutions, the role of collections, and a…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Conclusion

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There is no one way to run or structure a library. The days when there was a single model for an academic library, if they ever existed, are gone. The idea that the academic library is a store house of books and materials is gone. The notion that a library can serve off to the…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Tenure Librarians

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Making the Most Important Decision a Faculty Makes More Informed Tenure is a major commitment. It should be made with the best information. Each year…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Publisher of the University

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Reinventing the Academic Press to be a Publisher of the Community University presses used to be selective imprints – focused on a thin slice of…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Innovation in instruction

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] The Library Serves as a Hub for New Forms of Instruction MOOCs; continuous education; alumni teaching; intensive programs to improve STEM education: the library plays…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Clinical Teaching Environment

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Integrating Students Across the Campus in Library Service Students in different disciplines can gain invaluable real world experience applying their classroom learning to…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Concierge Librarians

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Librarians Provide Personal Service to Improve Freshmen Retention Upon acceptance each freshmen is assigned their own concierge librarian. Within their first weeks on campus, a…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: The Knowledge Agenda

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] A Library with an Integrated Research and Development Agenda A university is an institution of discovery. From physics, to religion, to mechanical engineering the…

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Announcing The Boring Patient Audio Book

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Just in time for the holidays, you can now listen to my recent book, The Boring Patient, read by the author as an unabridged audio book (3 hours 17 minutes). How better to celebrate things like giving thanks, family, people coming back from the dead, and…candles, than with a book about cancer. No reindeers or…

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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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