Category Archives: Publications News

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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Announcing The Boring Patient Audio Book

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Just in time for the holidays, you can now listen to my recent book, The Boring Patient, read by the author as an unabridged audio book (3 hours 17 minutes). How better to celebrate things like giving thanks, family, people coming back from the dead, and…candles, than with a book about cancer. No reindeers or…

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Announcing the Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship

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I have just signed a contract with MIT Press for the publication of The Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship, a follow up to The Atlas of new Librarianship. Over the next few weeks and months I will be reaching out to you for help in ensuring the Radical’s Guide helps you to better serve our…

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A Discussion of LIS Education for Italy

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This is a pre-recorded video I did for an Italian panel on LIS education. It seeks to summarize some main points on preparing librarians from the Atlas of New Librarianship. David Lankes on LIS Edcuation from R. David Lankes on Vimeo. Thanks again to Anna Maria Tammaro for her work spreading the word on New…

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Cancer Posts and the Boring Patient

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Writing was part of my coping mechanism when going through treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and my stem cell (bone marrow) transplant. That writing was mainly in the form of blog posts. While The Boring Patient is much more than just a compilation of blog posts, these writings give you a good feel for the style…

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Cancer Videos

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As part of the roll out of my new book, The Boring Patient, here are two videos I produced through the stem cell cancer treatment: The actual stem cell transplant. The whole procedure took over an hour, so here is a much more watchable version. If you look carefully you can see a priest do…

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Sample Chapter from the Boring Patient

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The following is the first chapter from my new book, The Boring Patient. Buy it now: You can buy it now via CreateSpace (my preference) and Amazon. You can also get the eBook via Amazon (and Amazon Unlimited). Chapter 1: Getting to Know You I strive to be the boring patient. In the hospital, or during chemotherapy, I want to…

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Announcing My New Book: The Boring Patient

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The following is information about my new book, but I wanted to start out with a thank you to the readers of this blog. Thank you for all your support through my cancer journey. Thank you for your input and ideas on the book and the encouragement to write it up. If you read my…

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The Boring Patient

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The Boring Patient. Lankes, R. David (2014). Jamesville, NY: Riland Publishing.

Expect More (Audio Book)

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Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World (Audio Book). Lankes, R. David (2014). Jamesville, NY: Riland Publishing.

Chapter 2 of Expect More Audio Book

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Chapter 2: The Argument for Better Libraries: Expect Impact is now being podcast by Circulating Ideas and NerdAbsurd for free. Can’t wait to see how it ends? You can buy the whole audio book via Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

Question Poster Questions

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For a few years I have been talking about the need for “Question Posters.” Instead of READ posters that promote reading, we need a campaign to promote libraries and their focus on learning. So rather than talking about it and hoping someone takes up the task, I’m stepping up…if you want me to. Below are…

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Expect More the Audio Book Now Available

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[TL;DR version: You can now buy the full audio book version of Expect More from Audible, iTunes, or Amazon…or continue to listen to it one chapter at a time from Circulating Ideas or Nerd Absurd] {Cue Infomercial Voice} Tired of having to wait two weeks for a chapter of Expect More the audio book? Want…

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Expect More…Audio

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[TL;DR version: Working with Circulating Ideas and the NerdAbsurb podcasts I’m making an Expect More Audio book.] There are some great reasons for doing books with publishers. You get great editorial and design assistance. There is no way I could have done the Atlas of New Librarianship without MIT Press and ACRL. However, there also…

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A “Pre-Announcement” for My Next Book: The Boring Patient

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So what the heck is a pre-announcement? Well, it is really a call for help as I continue to explore self-publishing. I am looking for advice, help, crazy ideas, and thoughts in general from the library community on how we can best use my next book, The Boring Patient. What’s The Boring Patient about? It…

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New Librarianship on Kanopy

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I’m thrilled to team up with Kanopy to make the New Librarianship videos from last summer’s MOOC widely available to their customers. Kanopy, from their website, “is a leading distributor of online educational videos, offering colleges, schools, hospitals, corporates and other educational institutions a comprehensive, one-stop shop for all their streaming video needs.” http://www.kanopystreaming.com/about-us Here…

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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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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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Expect More at 1

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We’re coming up to the anniversary of my latest book Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World. It is also my first foray into self-publishing. A month or two after it was published I put up some statistics on how the book has been purchased (from where, in what format, etc) for those…

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Expect More at SXSW

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The Digital Public Library of America announced the availability of LibraryBoxes throughout the SXSW conference (and Austin). Folks can connect wirelessly to these boxes and download books, videos and other digital files. We’ve included my Expect More book for those attending the conference. Thanks to Rachel Frick and Margy Avery for making this happen. Enjoy.…

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