Category Archives: 2006

Participatory Networks at Midwinter

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The final version of the Participatory Network Technology Brief (http://iis.syr.edu/projects/PNOpen/) developed for the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy will be releassed at ALA Midwinter. The full brief will be available via the web. Many, many thanks to those who took the time to comment on the first public draft. There was an active period…

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“Massive Scale Librarianship” Plenary Presentation, Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC.

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Slides available at: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2006/Charleston.pdf You can also download and listen to an audio recording of the presentation here (or through my Podcast): http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/Charleston.mp3 There are two types of discontinuities faced by a field: those you expect, and those that you don’t. The Internet was an unexpected event in librarianship. Few could look at the early…

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“The Social Internet: A New Community Role for Libraries?” Lecture, Pratt Institute SILS, New York, NY

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Slides available at: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2006/PrattSocial.pdf Flickr, MySpace, Facebook, Blogger these web services have begun to redefine how communities form and work on the web. What lessons can libraries learn from these services to improve their own websites? How can libraries extend their efforts to provide community gathering places to the web? This presentation will discuss how…

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“Reference in Academic Libraries: Virtual Reference” OCULA Spring Workshop, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Slides and handouts for the workshop are now online at: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2006/Toronto.pdf Here’s the abstract: On day one join David Lankes as he looks at current issues and themes in digital or virtual reference. Libraries are taking reference to the web and this is creating challenges for librarians in terms of new skills, staffing requirements, and…

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“Reference Authoring” School of Information’s iForum, University of Texas, Austin, TX

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Slides now available: Digital reference is not just reference interviews online. The main difference is the production of a â??reference artifact.â?? In face-to-face reference, work must be done to retain the transaction (it must be recorded, or written down…action must occur), whereas in digital reference the opposite is true (the e-mail must be deleted, the…

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