Author Archives: rdlankes

Mid York Quick Talk

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I put this video together for the Mid Work library system trustees. THought it might be useful (and it is short): MidYork from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

The New Librarianship Worldview

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“The New Librarianship Worldview” Library 2.012. Web. Abstract: Your worldview dictates what is possible and often without even knowing it. This presentation to the 2.012 Conference looks at the importance of worldview and describes the rising view within librarianship focused on knowledge and community. Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2012/2012Screen.mp3 Screencast: The New Librarianship Worldview from R. David Lankes…

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What We Do and Why We Do It …But Mostly Why We Do It

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“What We Do and Why We Do It …But Mostly Why We Do It” New Zealand Atlas Reading Group. Web. Abstract: You may never be a part of marching in the streets. I hope you never have to face a mob of looters, but you will be part of a revolution. Librarians are radical positive…

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3rd Printing of the Atlas in 18 Months

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In case you are having some trouble getting a hold of the Atlas, more are on the way. MIT Press has just done a rush print order. Seeing as I know my mom only bought the first printing, I owe you all a debt of gratitude.

EveryLibrary.org Libraries Get Their Own PAC

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Nope, that’s not PAC as in “Publicly Accessible Catalog.” That’s PAC as in “Political Action Committee,” and it is about time. I was very excited to hear about EveryLibrary. A PAC that it is dedicated to: …support these [local library funding] campaigns through non-partisan, pro-library voter education and get out the vote work. “We want…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: IFLA Code of Ethics

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IFLA just released “IFLA Code of Ethics for Librarians and other Information Workers” (you can read it here http://www.ifla.org/files/faife/publications/IFLA%20Code%20of%20Ethics%20-%20Long_0.pdf) and to call is disappointing is putting it mildly. There are few documents that so clearly represent a collection centric worldview. That is, libraries are collections, and librarians jobs are about maintaining (and circulating) that collection.…

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Master Class on New Librarianship Amsterdam

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Here is the short version of this post: I did a masterclass at the Amsterdam Public Library for de Library School. You can see watch the screencast or listen to an MP3 at the end of this post. It is long (2 hours and 33 minutes). Now the long version. I had the BEST time…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: Bullet Points

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I was recently asked for tips on giving good presentations. I’ve been asked this on several occasions, so I thought I’d share. Please be aware most of this was composed on a train from Amsterdam to Tilburg, so I don’t claim it has been thoroughly thought through. There are a ton of sites on making…

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New Librarianship and the Library as Platform

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“New Librarianship and the Library as Platform” Ticer 15th International Summer School on Digital Libraries 2012, Tillburg, Netherlands. Abstract: Change in academic libraries is nothing new. From digitization of materials, to the move of scholarly communications from journals to online venues, librarians are becoming accustomed to constant reinvention. Now, however, libraries must become platforms for…

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Library as Platform: Unlocking the Potential of Our Communities

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“Library as Platform: Unlocking the Potential of Our Communities” SCRLC Leadership Luncheon Webinar. Abstract: Our buildings matter. Our services matter. But they don’t matter on their own, and we do not determine their value – that is a job for the community. It is only in the advancement of those we serve that we find…

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OLA Article

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A few months back I published a blog post on libraries are obsolete. The post has been edited and republished in the Oregon Library Association’s journal OLA Quarterly. It is part of a very nice collection of articles on library advocacy. I highly recommend you take a look. Special thanks to Kin Read who edited…

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Libraries are Obsolete

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“Libraries are Obsolete.” Lankes, R. David (Summer, 2012).18(2). OLA Quarterly. http://www.olaweb.org/assets/documents/olaq_18no2.pdf

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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