Author Archives: rdlankes

Librarians as Agents of Transformation

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“Librarians as Agents of Transformation” Informatie aan Zee 2015. Oostende, Belgium. Abstract: What can be learned from the U.S. librarians’ response to the economic crisis, and the importance of hope and optimism in librarianship. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Belgium.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2015/Belgium.mp3 Major Points: Major points Screencast: Librarians as Agents of Transformation from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

CILIP Talk Now Streaming

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Here is a video of my presentation to CILIP this past summer. I also used it to improve the audio of the screencast I posted over the summer.

Expect More: What’s In It For the Information Professional?

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“Expect More: What’s In It For the Information Professional?” European Social Innovation Week. Tilburg, Netherlands. Abstract: Librarians have a chance to fundamentally change the profession at the local, national and international level. This presentation covers why the profession is ready, our members are ready, and the crises that demand more of librarianship. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Tilburg.pdf A…

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IMLS Funds Community Profile System

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We’re aiming to take “The Community is the Collection” from slogan to reality with a new National Leadership Grant from IMLS. Co-PIs: Yun Huang, R. David Lankes, Jian Qin Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) is partnering with Coulter Library at Onondaga Community College (OCC) and Fayetteville Free Library (FFL – an Onondaga county public…

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Expect More: Why Libraries Cannot Become STEM Educators

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“Expect More: Why Libraries Cannot Become STEM Educators” Public Libraries and STEM. Denver, CO. Abstract: A discussion of how librarians should seek to facilitate STEM learning over transforming all librarians into STEM educators. Also a discussion of how librarians must bring with them their values of equity in any partnership. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/STEM.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2015/STEM.mp3 Conference…

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Expect More: Why Libraries Cannot Become STEM Educators

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Expect More: Why Libraries Cannot Become STEM Educators. Lankes, R. D (2015). Public Libraries and STEM Conference.   ABSTRACT: America’s public libraries can play an important role in furthering STEM education. However, this will be true only if STEM learning efforts focus on librarians and librarians acting as facilitators. Any effort to transform librarians into…

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The OLA Super Conference joins the Expect More World Tour!

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I’ll be doing to Wednesday afternoon keynote at the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference January 27th, 2016. Title: The Obligation of Innovation Abstract: Librarians must lead their communities in innovation by example. If our libraries are to be incubators of new ideas, librarians must model creativity, adaptability, continuous learning, and leading change that makes a…

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Q&A: Librarianship, Knowledge Transfer, and Cultural Heritage

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As part of my World Tour sweep through Italy, a number of folks submitted questions for me to answer. One set of questions is going to be translated and printed in the Italian Library Association’s Journal (AIB). I have been given permission to post the questions and my responses here. I post them because while…

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The Changing Role of Librarians in Learning

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“The Changing Role of Librarians in Learning” Vatican Library School Lecture. Rome, Italy. Abstract: As our understanding of learning has changed, so too must librarianship. As we have moved from teaching an act done to people to learning as an act controlled by the individuals, librarianship shifts from passive transmission of information to active facilitation…

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Community as Collection

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“Community as Collection” Workshop at the Sangiorgio Library in Pistoia. Pistoia, Italy. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Pistoia.pdf Workshop Flyer: Flyer Screencast:

Embassy Interview on LIS Education

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Below is an hour long Q&A session with Holly Murten, a Regional Information Resource Officer in the Public Affairs office of the U.S. Embassy in Rome. I have several more presentations and videos to post from the Italian leg of the Expect More World Tour, but they will need to wait for better Wifi.

An Action Plan for World Domination Through Librarianship

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“An Action Plan for World Domination Through Librarianship” CILIP 2015 Annual Conference. Liverpool, UK. Abstract: The future for libraries of all sorts is in engaging our communities in learning. The communities in our towns, schools, colleges, and businesses need a proactive corps of librarians dedicated to knowledge, and a mission of facilitation. David’s presentation will highlight…

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Libraries as Platforms of World Domination

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“Libraries as Platforms of World Domination” ILEAD USA. Springfield, IL. Abstract: Integrating the community into the collection is not a gimmick or a fad. Making community expertise a direct part of what the library offers – what the library is is not only possible, but essential. This session wraps in 9 states to work on…

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Expecting More From Our Libraries

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“Expecting More From Our Libraries” Baldwinsville Public Library Staff Development. Baldwinsville, NY. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Baldwinsville.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2015/Baldwinsville.mp3 Screencast: Expecting More From Our Libraries from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.