Author Archives: rdlankes

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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A Year to Expect More

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Prepare yourself for a year of greater expectations! This year I’m teaming up with some amazing partners to get out the message of Expect More. Namely that our communities should expect outstanding libraries, and we need to continue to prepare outstanding librarians to lead them. Today you can read about Syracuse University’s iSchool launching an Expect More|Librarians…

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Today. Today. Today.

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This semester I am teaching a class in self-publishing (Publish or Perish: From Monks to MOOCs). This post is the result of my most recent self-published book, The Boring Patient. There are a lot of reasons folks self-publish a book. Some for fame, some for money, some because they have something they want to share.…

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Charlie Hebdo

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This morning in a Tweet Bredebieb asked me “what should public libraries do,” about the Charlie Hebdo attack. It was frankly a bit of a humbling and scary question. After all, I am not in Paris, and I cannot claim to know everything that French libraries do now. However, it would be an obvious act…

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Radical Conversations: The Value of a Collection

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I’m running a day behind due to the holidays, but please join us for a conversation on the value of the collection in New Librarianship: http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=6892 Here’s the introduction to get you thinking: Value of Collections from R. David Lankes on Vimeo. As always you can respond on the page, or use twitter with the…

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Coffee, Wifi, and the Loo: Reactions to The Sieghart Report

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I don’t have time to write this post. I have grading to do, a book to write, and proposals to draft. Yet, I must comment on the Independent Library Report released today concerning UK libraries. More than that, I have to comment on how the report is part of an international movement that I feel…

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The Boring Patient Reviews are In

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My new book The Boring Patient has been out for about 2 months and the reviews are starting to come in. Available as a paperback, ebook, and audio book here are some highlights. Amazon (5.0 out of 5 stars) 5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring but realistic journey of a great man dealing with cancer 5.0…

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Archive of New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC Now Available

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You can now quickly access to the archives of the New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC. See the course structure, watch the videos, and download materials at: http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=6599 Archives of the MOOC discussions are coming soon. The CourseSite version of the class is also still available.

Stories and Fiction: Join the Radical Conversation

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Today we start the second in our series of radical conversations, this time about the role of fiction and storytelling in knowledge creation. What is the role of narratives in the work of librarians, and what is the work of libraries in creating the stories of our communities? How can librarians serve their communities in…

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ILEAD USA and You

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Right now 10 State Libraries are gearing up to offer, in my opinion, the best learning experience for in-the-field librarians: ILEAD USA. The program consists of cross-library teams, mentors, amazing instructors, and thought leaders from across the industry. Though 3 intensive residencies librarians form a cohort around projects with the sole aim to produce awesome…

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Join the Radical Conversation on Defining a Library

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This week the folks behind the upcoming Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship are looking for your help in defining what a library is…from a New Librarianship point of view. As part of the Radical Conversations series, we need your help in understanding what differentiates a library from a community center, classroom, bookstore, or warehouse. Watch…

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The Future *some assembly required

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“The Future *some assembly required” 9th Sebina Day. Rome, Italy (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: A video discussion of New Librarianship including Italian subtitles [you have to turn of closed captions and choose Italian] Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/ItalyVideo.pdf Screencast:

Announcing a Series of Radical Conversations

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The announcement of the Radical’ Guide to New Librarianship has prompted a lot of interest, including folks asking how they can help. Well, here you go. We need your input, stories, and ideas. There are several new topics we’re working on for The Radical’s Guide: notably libraries as institutions, the role of collections, and a…

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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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