Author Archives: rdlankes

Site Go Boom

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Had a technical glitch with my homepage. It is back up, but I’m working to fix the look and feel issues…looks like it is time for a new design.

Digital Libraries as Platforms

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“Digital Libraries as Platforms” DILL Florence Residency, Web. Abstract: We must start thinking about digital libraries not as collections online, but as platforms for learning and sharing. 26 minutes. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2012/Florence.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2012/Florence.mp3 Screencast:

Ned Quist Reviews Expect More

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“Lankes provides a cogent view of the best libraries of today and how they will move into the future. He focuses both on the librarians and their role in their communities (and less on their role as keepers of books or their surrogates) and on libraries as places for learning (and less on their function…

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Community Outreach/Understanding Community Needs

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“Community Outreach/Understanding Community Needs” The 4th Annual Connecticut Library Leadership Institute, West Hartford, CT. Abstract: Libraries must move from transactions to relationships. This means letting go of full control and killing the user. Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2012/CTLeadership.mp3

A New Review of Expect More

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“Yet another magnificent title from Mr Lankes. He discusses some of the same issues that are raised in the Atlas, but he’s coming from a different viewpoint with this book. It’s an excellent read if you want to know how libraries need to change, develop and evolve into the future. His vision is both fascinating…

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eBook Sale

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It’s a back to school sale on Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World ebooks. All formats now $9.99. Why now? Doesn’t school start in the fall? Not at Syracuse University. All our distance grad students start in July. As a reminder, here are your options for getting Expect More in ebook form:…

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Sale by Channel and Format

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In Expect More I talk about eBooks and the dilemma not over the new format for libraries, but the new business model. Libraries have moved from owning collections, to renting them in digital resources (databases, ebooks, etc.). With ebooks in particular, there is huge demand amount community members, but libraries are struggling to meet the…

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Expecting More at the FFL

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I am fortunate to spend a fair amount of time at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY. The library is home to the Fab Lab where folks can use a 3D printer. You can read about it in Chapter 4 of Expect More – Facilitating Knowledge Creation: Expect to Create This past winter I…

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Expect More and Amazon Updates

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Just a quick note to let folks know what is happening with Expect More on Amazon. The first change is that you can now use “Look Inside” to preview the print book: The second piece of news is that the Kindle version of the new book is available directly from the Kindle store on your…

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The Road to Self-Publishing

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“The Road to Self-Publishing” ALA 2012 Conference Session, Anaheim, CA. Abstract: Pragmatic advice for publishing in academia Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2012/PubALA.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2012/ACRL.mp3 Screencast:

Making a New Promise With Our Communities

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“Making a New Promise With Our Communities” ALSC Leadership Meeting, Anaheim, CA. There are two versions of this presentation. The first is condensed to just my remarks. The second listing is the audio and screencast of the session including instructions for the session and a plenary discussion. Abstract: Advocacy for libraries and children’s services must…

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First Expect More Review

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The first review of Expect More is in by Heather Braum on GoodReads: This was a concise version of the ideas I found in Lankes’ Atlas of New Librarianship. It a book that all librarians who are too busy to read the entire Atlas need to read. Library boards need to read it. Superintendents, principals, other…

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Travel and News for the Upcoming Year

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This year I will need to stay off the road again this spring to take care of my wife as she has surgery on her other foot (the good news here is that she only has two feet so this should do it). That said if you are looking for a speaker via the Internet…

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Behind the Scenes of Expect More

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Some people have commented on how “prolific” I am with a new book coming out just a year after the Atlas of New Librarianship. What they don’t realize is that I actually finished writing the Atlas at the beginning of 2010. That also included doing all the illustrations and maps. It then went into a…

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Why should librarians read Expect More?

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My last book, The Atlas of New Librarianship was written exclusively for librarians. It has received a lot of good attention. However, one stream of feedback I have received was “it is great for librarians, but what about my board/faculty/provost/principal?” I have been often asked to help communicate the concepts of new librarianship to non-librarians…

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Expect More Sampler

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Here is a sample chapter (Chapter 1) and the Table of Contents of Expect More. You can see a slightly larger sample if you go to the SmashWords site and use the HTML viewer to see the sample. Table of Contents Acknowledgements iv Introduction 1 A Special Note for Librarians 2 1. The Arab Spring:…

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IMLS Funds Next Phase of ILEAD U: ILEAD USA!

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I am thrilled to once again head up the instructor corps for ILEAD U – now ILEAD USA expanding to multiple states. The ILEAD USA project, sponsored by the Illinois State Library, seeks to help librarians develop new technology skills by meeting a specific community need, all the while being supported by peer learners in…

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Announcing Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World

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Click for Larger ImageAnnouncing Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World Now available at http://www.riland.org. Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity. In an ever more digital and connected world, do we still need places of books in our towns, colleges, or schools? If libraries aren’t about books, what…

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Book Tease

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A few weeks ago I posted about my new book Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World. Well, It is coming out Monday. All next week I’ll be posting more about the book including the first chapter and a sort of “behind the scenes” post about self-publishing. In the meantime I wanted to…

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