Author Archives: rdlankes

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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Save Big on Expect More

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Looking for that last minute gift for your favorite library board member, provost, or principal? Look no further. Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World is now just $12 from Amazon…over a 30% savings for the season. What are folks saying about the book? From GoodReads: “An amazing little book that explicates what…

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Library as Facilitator

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“Library as Facilitator” KUB Project, Sweden (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: What makes libraries able facilitators? What differentiates them from other professions or organizations in the mission of knowledge creation? Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/EU.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/EU.mp3 Screencast: Library as Facilitator from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Cancer Update: Stem Cells Are My Friends

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The short version: In December I will begin a new phase of treatment for my cancer. I will be going through intensive chemotherapy followed by an autologous (self) stem cell transplant. This process will in essence “reboot” my blood system. The process will take approximately 4 months followed by at least a year of rebuilding…

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Don’t Save Libraries, Save the World Instead

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“Don’t Save Libraries, Save the World Instead” The Librarian’s Toolbox: Reopened! Fayetteville, NY. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/SLA.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/SLA.mp3 Screencast: Don’t Save Libraries, Save the World Instead from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

The Mortal in the Portal or Why Almost Everything you Learned in Library School is Wrong

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“The Mortal in the Portal or Why Almost Everything you Learned in Library School is Wrong” Digital Library Federation Annual Forum. Austin, TX (via Video Conference). Abstract: Digital libraries must be active, human-driven conversations. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/DLF.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/DLF.mp3 Screencast: The Mortal in the Portal or Why Almost Everything you Learned in Library School is Wrong…

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Community as Collection

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“Community as Collection” iGroup Users Group Meeting. Singapore (via Video Conference). Abstract: The future of libraries rest not in their collections, but in their engagement with the communities they serve. Libraries are learning institutions that facilitate knowledge creation. This presentation will highlight a new approach to library service and the role of librarians with the…

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Cancer Update

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Here is an update on my health. After 6 months of chemo, a new biopsy shows that the cancer is not gone. This, of course, is not good news. There are however, several effective treatment options still open, and over the next few days I will be going through them with my doctors and family…

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ILEAD USA Conclusion

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“ILEAD USA Conclusion” ILEAD USA. Pre-Recorded. Abstract: Lessons learned from cancer and how they apply to librarians. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/ILEADEnd.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/ILEADEnd.mp3 Screencast: ILEAD USA Conclusion from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Changing Literacy Changes Literacy Organizations

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“Changing Literacy Changes Literacy Organizations” Unspoken Conference. Utica, NY. Abstract: Changing views of literacy changes literacy organizations like libraries. This presentation for a non-library audience discusses these changes. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/Utica.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/Utica.mp3 Screencast: Utica from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

From Loaning to Learning

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“From Loaning to Learning” Slovenian Library Association Congress. Lasko, Slovinia (via telecast). Abstract: We live in a time of great opportunity in libraries. New technologies, and new approaches to knowledge have opened up new possibilities for libraries and librarians. This presentation looks at the role of the library in “post-document” world, where the focus of…

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New Librarianship Master Class: A MOOC Case Study

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“New Librarianship Master Class: A MOOC Case Study” Internet Librarians International Pre-Conference. London, UK (Screencast). Abstract: A review of the New Librarianship MOOC and a discussion of MOOCs and the opportunitiess for libraries. Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/MOOCLondon.mp3 Screencast: New Librarianship Master Class: A MOOC Case Study from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

What Higher Education Can Learn From Libraries

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“What Higher Education Can Learn From Libraries” Hamilton College Couper Phi Beta Kappa Library Lecture. Clinton NY. Abstract: The recent attention to MOOCs has highlighted strains in traditional models of higher education, including cost, pedagogy, scholarly communication, the role of tenure, and the appropriate incorporation of technology into teaching and scholarship. In this presentation Lankes…

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No More Speaking Engagements for the Year…and Cancer

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The short version: I am not accepting new speaking engagements for the next year. The longer version: I am accepting no new speaking engagements beyond those I have already committed to, unless they can be pre-recorded. The long version: On Friday I am having surgery to find out if a recent “suspicious” scan indicates remaining…

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Engineers of Innovation

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“Engineers of Innovation” NCSLMA 2013 Annual Conference. Winston-Salem, NC. Abstract: Innovation is a term with baggage. To some it is a nebulous concept thrown around to little effect. To others, it is a daunting task reserved for a few visionaries. In this presentation Lankes will talk about how innovation is the job of every librarian.…

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New Librarianship Master Class: MOOC Statistics

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“New Librarianship Master Class: MOOC Statistics” Pushing the Envelope in Education: Roles for Libraries-MOOCs, eLearning & Gamification. Toronto, CA. (via Skype) Abstract: A quick overview of the New Librarianship MOOC with some conclusions and statistics. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/MOOCStats.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/MoocToronto.mp3 Screencast: New Librarianship Master Class from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

MOOC Videos added to Atlas Companion Site

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The video introduction to the threads of the Atlas, created and used in the New Librarianship MOOC, have now been added to the Threads sections of the Atlas companion site. In the coming weeks I hope to make substantial changes to the companion site, creating a more expansive home for new librarianship and ongoing efforts,…

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