Author Archives: rdlankes

Everything You Learned in Library School is Wrong

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Please note I have added a new cleaner audio track to this presentation (and the audio download) as well as adding a YouTube version of the presentation (in case you like to see me walking around). “Everything You Learned in Library School is Wrong” ILEAD USA. Springfield, IL. Abstract: We all know that Libraries are Good…

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Circulating Ideas Guest Post

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This is the first ever guest post (I’m pretty sure) on my blog. Steve Thomas is a great librarian and has been very generous with posting the Expect More audio book on his podcast Circulating Ideas podcast. He is now looking for support via Kickstarter to transform his fantastic podcast into a book! Please take…

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Expecting More From Our Libraries and Communities

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“Expecting More From Our Libraries and Communities” Professional Development Speaker Series. Toronto, Canada. Abstract: Libraries are more important now than ever – but not the same libraries we have always had. Our patrons need to expect more of us, and we, in turn, should expect more of them. We must form a partnership based on aspirations…

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Radical Librarians

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“Radical Librarians” Bertha Bassam Lecture University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Toronto, Canada. Abstract: For too long librarians have seen their role as being unbiased agents standing ready to serve. Librarians must be agents of transformative social engagement — actively working to better their communities. From the riots in Ferguson, to the Arab Spring, we see…

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The Librarian, The Closet, & The Empty Room

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“The Librarian, The Closet, & The Empty Room” School Library Systems Conference. White Plains, NY. Abstract: Librarianship needs a radical change – a focus from libraries as places and institutions to librarians as radical positive change agents. This presentation talks about defining the profession and places by the people who make a difference – librarians. Slides:…

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My First Re-Birthday

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One year ago a lab technician thawed out six syringes filled with my stem cells. She handed them one at a time to a doctor. Over the course of about an hour, and under the direction of a nurse practitioner, that doctor pushed those cells into my heart and saved my life. Saved my life…

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Expect More Scholarship Information Session

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On Tuesday, February 17 at 7pm EST we are hosting a special information session to talk about the Expect More Library Scholarship and our LIS and LIS School Media programs. iSchool Professor Dave Lankes will be talking about the Expect More Scholarship and the kind of opportunities Expect More Library Scholars will experience. We’ll be…

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50th Anniversary Bertha Bassam Lecture “Radical Librarians”

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The University of Toronto, Faculty of Information (iSchool) and Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) invite you to the 50th Anniversary of the Bertha Bassam Lecture, this year delivered by a passionate advocate for libraries, R. David Lankes, who will discuss Radical Librarianship. Prof. Lankes is author of an upcoming book, The Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship. REGISTER…

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Expect More on issuu.com

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So I am experimenting with more self-publishing platforms. Today is issuu.com. This is the free version of the tool, so there will be adds, but you can use this to embed the book in any webpage you’d like: Special Note: Don’t use the “Order Print” option, as print copies are cheaper through Amazon (and, you…

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Expecting More: School Librarians & Change

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“Expecting More: School Librarians & Change” Saskatchewan School Library Association. Webinar. Abstract: This presentation will be based around the book Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World (now available as a free digital download). David Lankes will share his argument that in order to thrive, communities need libraries that go beyond bricks, mortar,…

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Recap of MidWinter Radical Conversation

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I’ve put together a page trying to sum up the discussions around the forthcoming Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship held this past Monday at the ALA MidWinter Conference. It includes opening & closing remarks, major points discussed by the group, and a transcript of the online companion session. A special thanks to ALA and Mary Ghikas…

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Jelly Babies, Katrina, and Libraries

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“Jelly Babies, Katrina, and Libraries” Lankes, R. David (February 253 2015). Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/blog/jelly-babies-katrina-libraries

Announcing the Expect More Library Scholarship!

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The Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) is excited to announce the Expect More Library Scholarship, a new scholarship program for students interested in pursuing their MS in Library and Information Science (LIS) or MS in Library and Information Science: School Media (LISSM). The Expect More Library Scholarship is for students who want an intense…

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VALA 2016 Added to the World Tour

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I am excited to announce that I’ll be a keynote at the VALA 18th Biennial Conference February 8-11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia! Watch the World Tour site for more details.  

Join MidWinter Radical Conversation Virtually

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By popular demand we’re going to try adding virtual access to the MidWinter conversation shaping the next new librarianship book The Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship. First the basics, then the disclaimer. The Basics When: 10:30-11:30 Central Time, Monday February 2, 2015 (this coming Monday) Where: https://webconference.syr.edu/radical/ What: We’re using Adobe Connect The Disclaimer This is still…

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Use MidWinter to Shape New Librarianship

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From 10:30-11:30, Monday February 2, 2015 at McCormick Place West W183a Kim Silk and I are having an open session for feedback on the follow-up to the Atlas of New Librarianship working title The Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship. You are invited. Now everyone knows that invites only work when they are personalized or when they have…

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ILEAD USA Joins the World Tour

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I’ve mentioned ILEAD USA (born ILEAD U) several times in this blog, and for good reason. Put simply I think this is the best intensive continuing education for library professionals out there. I don’t say this because I am part of it. Rather I am part of it because I believe in the project so…

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Announcing the Expect More World Tour

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This year I’m taking the message of how powerful librarians can lead to better communities through better libraries on the road. With keynotes in the UK, New Zealand, and speaking engagements in the US and Canada, I’m hoping to have a conversation about where libraries are going, and how important good librarianship is to good…

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iSchool Announces MLIS “Expect More” Scholarship Program

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From the iSchool press release: By: Diane Stirling (315) 443-8975 A new initiative at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) offers an enriched graduate education experience to students who want to become leaders in librarianship and to develop skills that are applicable to a wide range of 21st-century careers that are redefining what it means to…

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