Author Archives: rdlankes

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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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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