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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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World Domination Through Librarianship

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“World Domination Through Librarianship” Kansas Library Association Annual Conference, Wichita, KS. Abstract: In an era of battling walled content gardens, disruptive change, social media-enabled revolutions, and truthiness there has never been a greater need for librarians. Sorting through mountains of data, ensuring a civil discourse, repairing the fragmenting commons are vital for our country, and…

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Welcome to the New Site

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Welcome to my new home page. All the information, posts, and media from the old site are here. I’ve condensed from a homepage and blog, to just one site. Let me know if you have any suggestions or comments to make it better.

The Future is Now! Creatively Reaching and Teaching in Academic Libraries

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Academic Librarians 2012 The Future is Now! Creatively Reaching and Teaching in Academic Libraries June 12 & 13, 2012, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Value. Learning. Technology. Librarianship.  As with all libraries and organizations, we must constantly demonstrate our value to our stakeholders amidst the changes brought on us at an increasing rate by the technology…

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SU for School Librairans

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Here is a short video on the importance of school librarians Ruth Small, Barbara Stripling (vote Barb for ALA President), and I put together to support the lobby for school librarian in down state NY.

Beyond the Bullet Points: Bad Libraries Build Collections, Good Libraries Build Services, Great Libraries Build Communities

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Here is the tweet that led to this post: “Bad Libraries build collections. Good libraries build services (of which a collection is only one). Great libraries build Communities” Due to character limits it was often re-tweed without the parenthetical: “Bad Libraries build collections. Good libraries build services. Great libraries build Communities” Let’s face it, this…

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Expect More

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“Expect More” Hunters and Gatherers: Reshaping College Libraries for the 21st Century, Syracuse, NY. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2012/OCC.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2012/OCC.mp3 Screencast:

Duct Tape, 3D Printing, and Libraries of the Future

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A few weeks back I took my sons to the Fayetteville Free Library to learn more about their new Fab Lab and see the 3D MakerBot printer in action. While we were busy printing out a robot and ring on the 3D printer, the librarian (Lauren) mentioned an upcoming open house for the Fab Lab…

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Atlas Acknowledgements

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As I announced, the Atlas of New Librarianship has received the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. While I have been extremely grateful for the notes of congratulations, I cannot take all the credit. While the Atlas has my name on the front cover, it would not have been possible without…

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Barbara Stripling for ALA President

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I have had the privilege of working with Barbara Stripling on projects likes KidsConnect, as a member of her dissertation committee, and now as a fellow faculty member. In all of those encounters I have been impressed by her thoughtfulness, dedication to the profession, and ability to lead. That is why I want to encourage…

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Twitter Digest for 2012-02-22

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Twitter Digest for 2012-02-15: Twitter Digest for 2012-02-14: Twitter Digest for 2012-02-13: Twitter Digest for … http://t.co/S0UdGJMG -> RT @librarianwilk: Elsevier has a right to charge what it can get away with. It doesn’t have a right to lie and defraud us. http://t.co/ … -> RT @FakeLibStats: Dewey Decimal System was meant to be a…

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Twitter Digest for 2012-02-15

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Twitter Digest for 2012-02-14: Twitter Digest for 2012-02-13: Twitter Digest for 2012-02-12: Twitter Digest for … http://t.co/mF2DMq2n -> @jzamostny @askusnow @michaelkpate great job. And very frightening. in reply to jzamostny -> Twitter Digests: I have not been that active blogging these days, but I have been busy on Twitter. So I’m having… http://t.co/ETazHVFI -> @jzamostny…

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