Author Archives: rdlankes

New Librarianship Master Class to be Offered Again

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Last summer I offered a MOOC on the basics of New Librarianship. Over 2,300 people enrolled. However, many said they couldn’t participate at the time, or had to drop out for other obligations. Now, thanks to the State Library of Illinois’ ILEAD USA project, I’m offering it again. Starting June 30th and running through July…

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Nerd Absurd’s 100th Podcast

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I’m a big fan of the Nerd Absurd podcast and had a blast talking to Virginia, Nick, Leland, and Andrew. We talked libraries, maker spaces, MOOCs, tenure and academia. Perhaps that’s why I have such a good time….they let me ramble. Take a listen and check out their other great episodes at: http://nerdabsurd.com

I Want Your Blood…Donated

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As many of you know, I have been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the past year. I’ve been through chemo and most recently a stem cell transplant. Throughout this entire ordeal, I have received numerous blood transfusions that have enabled me to keep fighting. Through the kindness of others, I have been able to live. So, to pay it forward, my…

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The Faithful and the Radicals

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“The Faithful and the Radicals” Opening Keynote for Expect More, The NYLA-SSL Annual Conference 2014. Syracuse, NY. Abstract: School librarians must have faith in the work and the work of their colleagues. Yet faith alone will not advance the cause. Advancing school librarianship requires radical action. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/CNYSchoolLibraries.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/cny.mp3

Stand for Those We Miss and Love

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When my father died there were no testimonials at the funeral service. Aside from a few remarks of the priest, no one stood and spoke for my father. When I asked the priest about this later, he pointed out that there would be plenty of opportunity to talk about my dad at the wake and…

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IMLS Grant Funding Program to Boost Library Workers’ Online Teaching Skills

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A press release on a new IMLS grant we’re doing with the fantastic folks at South Central Regional Library Council Original story at http://ischool.syr.edu/newsroom/index.aspx?recid=1620 IMLS Grant Funding Program to Boost Library Workers’ Online Teaching Skills By: Diane Stirling (315) 443-8975 The School of Information Studies (iSchool), as a partner with the South Central Regional Library…

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New Librarianship on Kanopy

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I’m thrilled to team up with Kanopy to make the New Librarianship videos from last summer’s MOOC widely available to their customers. Kanopy, from their website, “is a leading distributor of online educational videos, offering colleges, schools, hospitals, corporates and other educational institutions a comprehensive, one-stop shop for all their streaming video needs.” http://www.kanopystreaming.com/about-us Here…

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The Community is Your Collection

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“The Community is Your Collection” Closing Keynote for ILEADU March Session. Springfield, IL (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: Librarians build tools to enhance their true collection – the communities they serve. Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/ILEADUSitting.mp3

Home

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Today, barring unforeseen circumstances, I’ll be going home. This doesn’t mean the transplant process is over though. For the next few weeks I’ll be making nearly daily trips back to the hospital for blood tests and, as needed, transfusions. I’ll still be very immune compromised for a few weeks (so mostly housebound). However, I’ll be…

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The Loss of Hope

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The topic of todays sermon is “hope.” The audience for said sermon is me. You see I woke up this morning with good news. My white blood count had climbed from 0.1 to 0.3. This is the first concrete sign that my stem cell transplant is working. My sores should start to heal, my pains…

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Free copies of Lankes book now available to ALA Members, Library Trustees and Friends of Libraries

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Thanks to ALA for getting out the word and all of their support: For Immediate Release Tue, 02/18/2014 Contact: Mary Ghikas Senior Associate Executive Director ALA 312-280-2518 mghikas@ala.org CHICAGO — The American Library Association has consciously and vigorously embraced the position that libraries of all types are the locus of community engagement. As the facilitator…

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Mundane Miracles

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For the past three days I’ve lay in a bed as my blood flows from my chest into a machine that separates out my stem cells and then back into my chest. The stem cells are pumped throughout the day into a collection bag. This bag is literally my life as next week I will…

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Cancer Category/Post

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I’ve created a new WordPress category for my cancer related posts. I’ve also added a sub-menu for the cancer posts under the “About R. David Lankes” menu.

Exploring Digital Libraries

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I was delighted to find a copy of Karen Calhoun’s Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects in my mail. While many may know of my more recent work around new librarianship, I spent a good amount of my time as a starting scholar in the world of digital libraries. One thing that always bothered me…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: PET Scans and Water

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I tell you the following story of what happened to me today to: To amuse the twisted and snarky As a cautionary tale for those who seek to serve To let those following my health know about the results of my PET scan Normally when you get a medical test, you get a result. Often…

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Libraries as Community

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“Libraries as Community” Information Resource Center Directors (branch libraries in US Embassies) from East and Central Africa, U.S. Embassy, Kigali (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: As professional services (medicine, higher education) move to a more participatory approach, so too should libraries. This presentation discusses how the mission of librarians pushes libraries past documents and spaces to…

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The Bad, The Good, and The Great

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“The Bad, The Good, and The Great” 2nd Annual Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: It is not the collection or array of services that makes a library great, it is the difference it makes in the community. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/Wisc-Lankes.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/WiscScreen.mp3 Screencast: The Bad, The Good, and The Great from R.…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: When will the Mission Die?

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I asked my doctor how I would die. Her answer was that If this treatment didn’t work we had more treatments after that and another treatment after that and still more tries after that. And if all that doesn’t work no one dies in pain. None of this, of course, answered my question which is…

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Illinois Librarians Join NOW

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Excuse the location based post, but ILEAD U is the best continuing education programs going. I encourage Illinois librarians to join up: 2014 ILEAD U Applications: Deadline Extended! Due Friday, February 14, 2014 The State Library will host ILEAD U: Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover, The 21st Century Technology Tools Institute for Illinois Library…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: A New Year’s Wish

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I have no more use of resolutions. Last year I resolved to keep the weight off that I had lost during my “mystery ailment” from the months before. I succeeded, but only because gaining weight is not a real problem during treatment for cancer. So for this year, instead of making a resolution I will…

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