Author Archives: rdlankes

Killing the Library Quickly

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A few weeks ago I did the Keynote at NELA and it was received very well, including a very thoughtful blog post by Agnostic, Maybe. I needed to create shorter more pithy version for the iSchools webpage, and so edited it down from an hour to 25 minutes. I thought it might be useful to…

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Expeditions: Fortified Borders and Libraries

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I’m in an ancient fortress in the mountains overlooking Salzburgh, Austria. Places like this were necessary to defend against invaders and competing neighbors. To keep what was yours you needed to lock it away behind fortified borders. As nation states evolved, trade and commerce became increasingly important. To thrive was to open up borders and…

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Killing Librarianship

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“Killing Librarianship” Keynote New England Library Association Annual Conference, Burlington, VT. Abstract: What might kill our profession is not ebooks, Amazon or Google, but a lack of imagination. We must envision a bright future for librarians and the communities they serve, then fight to make that vision a reality. We need a new activist librarianship…

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LIS Grand Challenges and the Death of the User

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“LIS Grand Challenges and the Death of the User” iSchool Colloquium Series University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Abstract: Grand challenges are hard problems with solutions that have societal level impacts. They are as much rallying cry as research agenda, and are useful in promoting innovation in the field and building strong cross-disciplinary partnerships. What are…

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New Librarianship in Rural Libraries

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“New Librarianship in Rural Libraries” PEACE Library System Annual Conference (via Teleconference), Alberta, CA. Due to technical audio problems with the video conference the actual presentation was not captured. The following video is a condensation and recreation of the presentation Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/PEACE.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2011/PEACE.mp3 Screencast:

Reinventing Library Services and Librarians in the Digital Age

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“Reinventing Library Services and Librarians in the Digital Age” University of Pittsburgh Staff Development Participatory Librarianship: A Vital Conversation about Librarianship and its Future, Pittsburgh, PA. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/Pitt-Library.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2011/PittLibrary.mp3 Screencast:

Expeditions: Improve Society

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Folks seemed to enjoy the short Atlas Expeditions videos I posted, so I decided to post another. This one reacting to recent discussions on “improve society” as part of the mission of librarians found in the Atlas of New Librarianship:

Announcing the Next Atlas of New Librarianship Reading Group

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This Monday we will be starting a new Atlas reading group using a new forum, and with a new twist. The first year library students of Syracuse University will be moderating a weekly discussion of the Atlas on the blog of the companion website http://www.newlibrarianship.org/wordpress/?page_id=20. Each week a team of students will start off the…

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Cutting Back Speaking

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I just wanted to let folks know that I will be greatly limiting my travel and speaking schedule for the winter and spring (don’t worry librarians of Kansas and Rome, you can’t get away from me that easily). My wife is having some foot surgery and will be pretty immobile for a couple of months.…

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Can’t Wait Until Kansas

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Heather Braum, Technology Librarian for the Northeast Kansas Library System, put together this short video teaser for the Kansas Library Conference April 11-13. Looking forward to it:

Expeditions

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So I had this idea for doing little videos in the places I visit on themes from the Atlas of New Librarianship. However, it just didn’t pan out. Still I thought I’d share the two videos I put together (and good news, they are both under 2 minutes each). The first one is on the…

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Forward

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Lankes, R. David (2011). Forward. In Fontichiaro, K. and Hamilton, B. (Eds.), School libraries ebook project. Available: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SaWhOId9ZqywMuJaKfMIQjgyNl8f-SPEaQYF1TTnTLQ/edit?hl=en_US http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Publications/Chapters/Forward-ebook.pdf

Fulfilling the Potential: Digital Libraries and The Future

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“Fulfilling the Potential: Digital Libraries and The Future” Visiting Lecture, Digital Library Learning (DILL) International Masters Program, Florence, Italy. Abstract: The following screencast is a pretty long (2 hours and 45 minutes) lecture on ideas from the Atlas of New Librarianship and how they relate to digital libraries. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/Florence-DLL.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2011/Florence.mp3 Screencast:

The End of Big Ideas?

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Neal Gabler has a great opinion piece in the New York Times on living in a post-idea world: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/opinion/sunday/the-elusive-big-idea.html?pagewanted=all Aside from some seemingly obligatory swipes at social media, there is a lot to think about there. Has society become so immersed in information we have lost our desire/ability to think deep thoughts? In an area…

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Lankes Appointed as Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship

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From Dean Liz Liddy, Syracuse University iSchool: “I am pleased to announce that in recognition of Dave Lankes’ outstanding contributions to the evolving field of Library Science, I have appointed him to the well-deserved position of Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship. Through his writing and speaking about what it means to be a librarian…

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Remembering Joe Ryan

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I learned yesterday that a close friend during my Ph.D. program had passed away. Joe Ryan and I were doctoral students back in the nineties and I owe him so much. He took a kid fresh out of an undergraduate program, and taught me how to survive in a Ph.D. program. He taught me how…

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“School Libraries: What Next?” Ebook Project

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This looks like a great project. In light of full disclosure I have been asked to right the forward. We are delighted to accept submissions for a collection of crowd sourced short essays on the future of school libraries from multiple perspectives, to be published in e-book format to coincide with Treasure Mountain and AASL…

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