Author Archives: rdlankes

Reinventing the Academic Library: Conclusion

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There is no one way to run or structure a library. The days when there was a single model for an academic library, if they ever existed, are gone. The idea that the academic library is a store house of books and materials is gone. The notion that a library can serve off to the…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Tenure Librarians

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Making the Most Important Decision a Faculty Makes More Informed Tenure is a major commitment. It should be made with the best information. Each year…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Publisher of the University

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Reinventing the Academic Press to be a Publisher of the Community University presses used to be selective imprints – focused on a thin slice of…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Innovation in instruction

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] The Library Serves as a Hub for New Forms of Instruction MOOCs; continuous education; alumni teaching; intensive programs to improve STEM education: the library plays…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Clinical Teaching Environment

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Integrating Students Across the Campus in Library Service Students in different disciplines can gain invaluable real world experience applying their classroom learning to…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Concierge Librarians

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Librarians Provide Personal Service to Improve Freshmen Retention Upon acceptance each freshmen is assigned their own concierge librarian. Within their first weeks on campus, a…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: The Knowledge Agenda

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] A Library with an Integrated Research and Development Agenda A university is an institution of discovery. From physics, to religion, to mechanical engineering the…

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Announcing The Boring Patient Audio Book

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Just in time for the holidays, you can now listen to my recent book, The Boring Patient, read by the author as an unabridged audio book (3 hours 17 minutes). How better to celebrate things like giving thanks, family, people coming back from the dead, and…candles, than with a book about cancer. No reindeers or…

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The Turning Tide: From Collection Development to Community Facilitation

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“The Turning Tide: From Collection Development to Community Facilitation” Saint John’s University Invited Lecture. New York City, NY. Abstract: Libraries have seen massive and profound changes in their collections over the past half century. It is time to radically change how we view service to our communities as well. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/SJU.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/SJU.mp3 Screencast: The…

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Announcing the Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship

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I have just signed a contract with MIT Press for the publication of The Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship, a follow up to The Atlas of new Librarianship. Over the next few weeks and months I will be reaching out to you for help in ensuring the Radical’s Guide helps you to better serve our…

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Moving Forward 42 Steps at a Time

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Three weeks back I gave an ending talk at the ILEAD U project. It was about overcoming fear and resistance, and the importance of building a team that will encourage you to move on. A few folks told me how that message was important outside of the context of librarianship and the project. Upon request,…

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Last Man Standing: How to Kill Public Libraries

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I don’t normally talk about library types. For me all libraries (really librarians in all contexts) serve a community, be that a community of citizens, students, faculty, lawyers or what have you. There is more that binds librarians together than separates them. That said, I have heard of a special set of concerns surrounding public…

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Remembering My Father

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16 years ago today my father died. I think of him often, and miss his wit and guidance. It is also not lost on me that he was just about 10 years older than me now when he died. As I grow older, I remember him and our time together differently. There is a nuance…

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Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians

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“Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians” University of Maryland iSchool Talk. College Park, MD. Abstract: The days when there was a single model for a library, if they ever existed, are gone. The idea that the library is a storehouse of books and materials is gone. The notion that a library can serve off…

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Re-Envisioning the MLS: Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians

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Join us as the iSchool and the Information Policy & Access Center Re-Envision the MLS with our thought leader speakers series. We are pleased to present Dr. R. David (Dave) Lankes as our first speaker on November 6, 2014. Please join us in-person or online! Details are below. Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians…

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Parable of the 42 Steps

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“Parable of the 42 Steps” Closing keynote for the ILEAD U 2014 Cohort. Springfield, IL. Abstract: Ending presentation to ILEAD U 2014 on how my trials with cancer have taught me to move forward in a world that often seeks to set us back. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/42paces.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/End.mp3 Screencast: Parable of the 42 Steps from…

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Publisher of the Community: We’re All Doomed

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“Publisher of the Community: We’re All Doomed” Closing keynote for the NISO Workshop on “Using the Web as an E-Content Distribution Platform: Challenges and Opportunities.” Abstract: We need to build platforms for scholarship and knowledge development, not information and content delivery. These platforms are not about APIs and eContent, but about people and content. We…

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Mapping the Community

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“Mapping the Community” South Central Regional Library Council Annual Meeting. Cortland, NY. Abstract: Libraries are changing. From a focus on collections to a focus on communities; from spaces of librarians to spaces of students, parents, faculty, and teachers. Of course all of this is just rhetoric. Real change requires tools to define the spate of…

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