Category Archives: Research

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Fear of the Dark: Crafting a Security Narrative in Libraries

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[tl;dr version: Rather than simply fight the current false dichotomy of security versus freedom, librarians should craft an alternative narrative around security through knowledge.] We fear the unknown. It is a truism from fairy tales to military strategy. The other, the alien, the undefined sets people on edge. It is also apparent in the recent…

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I’m Looking for Doctoral Students

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Come study with me…come help me change the world. Below is the recruitment announcement for Syracuse’s Ph.D. program. I am looking for good folks to come and work with me. It is increasingly vital that we have information scientists and new faculty in the field. Let me know if you are interested. I’d love to…

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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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Join the Expect More Collaboratory

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Four Years ago I wrote Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World to start a conversation between librarians and the communities they serve. Since that time thousands have used the book to start conversations, teach students, do board development, and even shape director and dean searches. The time has come to take Expect More…

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Keynotes From ILEAD USA March

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My favorite professional development project started a new cohort (in 10 different states) in March. Below are links to just the keynotes from that session. All are awesome and well worth your time (with the exception of that Lankes character who talks too much). Everything You Learned in Library School is Wrong  David Lankes, Syracuse…

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Announcing a Series of Radical Conversations

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The announcement of the Radical’ Guide to New Librarianship has prompted a lot of interest, including folks asking how they can help. Well, here you go. We need your input, stories, and ideas. There are several new topics we’re working on for The Radical’s Guide: notably libraries as institutions, the role of collections, and a…

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IMLS Grant Funding Program to Boost Library Workers’ Online Teaching Skills

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A press release on a new IMLS grant we’re doing with the fantastic folks at South Central Regional Library Council Original story at http://ischool.syr.edu/newsroom/index.aspx?recid=1620 IMLS Grant Funding Program to Boost Library Workers’ Online Teaching Skills By: Diane Stirling (315) 443-8975 The School of Information Studies (iSchool), as a partner with the South Central Regional Library…

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IMLS Funds Next Phase of ILEAD U: ILEAD USA!

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I am thrilled to once again head up the instructor corps for ILEAD U – now ILEAD USA expanding to multiple states. The ILEAD USA project, sponsored by the Illinois State Library, seeks to help librarians develop new technology skills by meeting a specific community need, all the while being supported by peer learners in…

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Salzburg Curriculum Snippets and References

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After the seminar in Salzburg, I included references to the curriculum and ideas on transformative social action in some of my presentations. I’ve compiled the snippets and links here: Full Presentation: “Librarians as Change Agents” Video Webchat, U.S. Embassy in Rome, Rome, Italy. http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/blog/?p=1303 Full Presentation: “Expect More: Service is Proactive” CARLI Virtual Meeting, Webcast.…

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Salzburg Curriculum

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This is a video walkthrough with some of my interpretations of the Salzburg curriculum for Librarians and Museum Professionals. More discussion and interpretation to come.

Salzburg Curriculum for Library and Museum Studies

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On October 19th, 2011 a group of innovators from over 20 countries gathered in Salzburg, Austria to discuss “Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture.” Through plenary panels and intensive break out group, the seminar fellows developed a series of challenges and recommendations. One of those groups was charged with developing recommendations and…

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A rose by any other name…

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I have included a discussion about what we call the folks who use libraries (members) in several presentations and it’s all over my book. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what we call ourselves. Over the past month across two continents and four different venues this question has come up. Before I…

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ILEAD U Closing

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Here is a video of my closing comments at the ILEADU session in Springfield Illinois (just under 14 minutes). To my international friends, if I messed up details, just let me know so I can post it here.

UIS staff and faculty help to coordinate state-wide ILEAD U initiative

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I don’t think I ever put up information on a new IMLS initiative I’m working on with the State Library of Illinois. The following is a nice press release on the project from another project partner, UIS: Staff and faculty members from the University of Illinois Springfield’s Brookens Library and the Center for Online Learning,…

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Prof. R. David Lankes receives the 2009 Emerald Outstanding Paper Award

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Emerald Group Publishing of the United Kingdom has selected Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) Associate Professor R. David Lankes’ paper, “Credibility on the Internet: Shifting from Authority to Reliability,” as a 2009 Outstanding Paper Award Winner. Emerald is the world’s leading scholarly publisher in business and management, publishing more than 190 journals as…

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Reference Extract in under 4 minutes

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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 is a fast overview of the project’s proposed architecture: Reference Extract in 4 Minutes from…

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Reference Extract Seeking Support

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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 a generic template for a letter of support. Reference Extract: Call for Support from R.…

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