Category Archives: Publications News

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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3rd Printing of the Atlas in 18 Months

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In case you are having some trouble getting a hold of the Atlas, more are on the way. MIT Press has just done a rush print order. Seeing as I know my mom only bought the first printing, I owe you all a debt of gratitude.

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OLA Article

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A few months back I published a blog post on libraries are obsolete. The post has been edited and republished in the Oregon Library Association’s journal OLA Quarterly. It is part of a very nice collection of articles on library advocacy. I highly recommend you take a look. Special thanks to Kin Read who edited…

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Libraries are Obsolete

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“Libraries are Obsolete.” Lankes, R. David (Summer, 2012).18(2). OLA Quarterly. http://www.olaweb.org/assets/documents/olaq_18no2.pdf

Ned Quist Reviews Expect More

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“Lankes provides a cogent view of the best libraries of today and how they will move into the future. He focuses both on the librarians and their role in their communities (and less on their role as keepers of books or their surrogates) and on libraries as places for learning (and less on their function…

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A New Review of Expect More

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“Yet another magnificent title from Mr Lankes. He discusses some of the same issues that are raised in the Atlas, but he’s coming from a different viewpoint with this book. It’s an excellent read if you want to know how libraries need to change, develop and evolve into the future. His vision is both fascinating…

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eBook Sale

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It’s a back to school sale on Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World ebooks. All formats now $9.99. Why now? Doesn’t school start in the fall? Not at Syracuse University. All our distance grad students start in July. As a reminder, here are your options for getting Expect More in ebook form:…

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The Road to Self-Publishing

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“The Road to Self-Publishing” ALA 2012 Conference Session, Anaheim, CA. Abstract: Pragmatic advice for publishing in academia Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2012/PubALA.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2012/ACRL.mp3 Screencast:

Expect More Sampler

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Here is a sample chapter (Chapter 1) and the Table of Contents of Expect More. You can see a slightly larger sample if you go to the SmashWords site and use the HTML viewer to see the sample. Table of Contents Acknowledgements iv Introduction 1 A Special Note for Librarians 2 1. The Arab Spring:…

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Announcing Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World

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Click for Larger ImageAnnouncing Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World Now available at http://www.riland.org. Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity. In an ever more digital and connected world, do we still need places of books in our towns, colleges, or schools? If libraries aren’t about books, what…

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Book Tease

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A few weeks ago I posted about my new book Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World. Well, It is coming out Monday. All next week I’ll be posting more about the book including the first chapter and a sort of “behind the scenes” post about self-publishing. In the meantime I wanted to…

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