Author Archives: rdlankes

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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The Bad, The Good, and The Great

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“The Bad, The Good, and The Great” Keynote Academic Librarians 2012, Syracuse, NY. Abstract: Bad libraries build collections; good libraries build services (after all a collection is only one type of service); great libraries build communities. In a time of great change and challenges to the very model of higher education, libraries must move beyond…

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New Librarianship’s New Promise

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“New Librarianship’s New Promise” Keynote New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ. Abstract: We must make a promise with our communities. We promise to help them participate in the full scope and scale of today’s society. To not simply help the unemployed find a job, but to find meaning and respect. To not…

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Ebook Experiments

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I am getting ready for the release of my new book Expect More. The final edits are underway, and as I wait I’ve been playing around with different ebook platforms. I’ve taken the OITP white paper that started it all (participatory librarianship) Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation and made ebook versions using Smashwords and…

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Expect More: The Book

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Announcing (and seeking help on) my next book, Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World. At the beginning of the year I said my focus for the year would be on expecting more. That’s what this book is all about. Taking what we know works for great libraries (a commitment to learning, a…

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New Librarianship: From Sharing to Lending and Back Again

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“New Librarianship: From Sharing to Lending and Back Again” Tennessee Library Association Brown Bag Series, Webinar. Abstract: This talk examines a bright future for libraries that can build strong connections with communities. This includes co-owning the library space, returning to a sharing model of libraries, and focusing on the aspirations of the community. Several examples…

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Video from Harvard Debate

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Here’s the video from the Harvard debate (to understand why I am arguing that libraries are obsolete see this post and this post) More information about the Harvard series available here.

Innovation, thought leaders and technology—ALA Annual Conference offers inspiring range of options

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For Immediate Release Mon, 04/23/2012 – 10:04 Contact: Amy R McGuigan Conference Services (cs) CHICAGO — Innovation, thought leaders and technology are keys to transformation, and the 2012 ALA Annual Conference delivers on all those fronts. Energizing, transformative conversations, programs, pre conferences, discussion groups and high-profile speakers are lined up to spark creativity and foster…

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Kristin Fontichiaro and R. David Lankes join Henry Jenkins as AASL 2012 Fall Forum facilitators

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CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has added Kristin Fontichiaro and R. David Lankes to the roster of facilitators for AASL’s 2012 Fall Forum, “Transliteracy and the School Library Program.” Fontichiaro and Lankes will join media studies scholar, Henry Jenkins, in providing a comprehensive overview of transliteracy and its importance in education…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: Libraries are Obsolete

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As promised, here is the argument and my own rebuttal from the Harvard event. Special thanks to Meg Backus, Jill Hurst-Wahl and all the great librarians who helped me put this together. I am putting this up in a sort of drafty form because I am interested in how the argument and counter-argument can be…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: I Love Reading…No Really

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A few weeks back Lane Wilkinson put together a nice thoughtful piece on the Little Free Libraries. While he and I don’t see eye to eye on everything he always makes me think and I have great respect for his point of view. This time he got me thinking about fiction, and the role of…

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