Author Archives: rdlankes

Bullet Point: “Recorded Knowledge is an Oxymoron”

There is a phrase widely used in librarianship that has always bothered me – “recorded knowledge.” It bothers me for a couple reasons, not the least of which it is often invoked by folks who define librarianship as collections and … Continue reading

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New Concepts in Digital Reference

Lankes, R. David (2009). New concepts in digital reference. San Rafael, CA: Morgan-Claypool

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Reference Extract in under 4 minutes

If the long explanation of Reference Extract is, well, too long, here is some help. The first is a 3 minute video on the basic concept of the project: Reference Extract: Concept from R. David Lankes on Vimeo. The second … Continue reading

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Reference Extract Seeking Support

As we proceed to seek funding for the building of Reference Extract, we are seeking your support. Below is a video overview of Reference Extract (available in high definition too) and the concept of a credibility engine. Below that is … Continue reading

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Bullet Point: “We live in Shakespearian Times”

Today I had a bad today. It wasn’t from some horrible event, or some terrible injustice. In fact it was from a meeting. It was a meeting that should have been dull, and uninteresting, but instead surprisingly had a lot … Continue reading

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Great Information Video

I think this video does a great job of showing how information and knowledge is all about context, and not encoding (all about use and not artifacts):

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