Category Archives: 2011

Presentations from 2011

A New Librarianship for a New Age

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“A New Librarianship for a New Age” 57º Congresso nazionale AIB (57th National Congress of the Italian Library Association), Rome, Italy Abstract (English): A new librarianship is emerging, taking the lessons learned over that nearly 3,000 year history to forge an approach based not on books and artifacts, but on knowledge and community. This librarianship…

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Librarians as Change Agents

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“Librarians as Change Agents” Video Webchat, U.S. Embassy in Rome, Rome, Italy. Abstract: This is more a recorded conversation than a formal presentation. How can librarians promote social change? Join Professor R. David Lankes from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies to discuss how today’s global challenges require a new librarianship based on community engagement.…

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Expect More: Service is Proactive

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“Expect More: Service is Proactive” CARLI Virtual Meeting, Webcast. Abstract: There is an old joke that goes “what do you call three librarians at a bar?” “A consortium.” The library field does have a lot of consortia. This is a testament to the openness and attitude of sharing in the profession. For decades libraries have…

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Publisher of the Community: New Librarianship Unencumbered by Our Stacks

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“Publisher of the Community: New Librarianship Unencumbered by Our Stacks” PLS President’s Program at the NYLA 2011 Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY. Abstract: Imagine libraries are places to learn and create, not consume and check out. Imagine the day when every book published is not only available digitally, but at a very low cost……imagine. Slides:…

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Building the Skills of Library and Museum Professionals

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“Building the Skills of Library and Museum Professionals” Lecture to the Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture Summit, Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg, Austria. Abstract: This is the world we have asked for, this is the world we have worked for. Why showcase culture if we are not enabling contribution to that culture.…

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Killing the Library Quickly

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A few weeks ago I did the Keynote at NELA and it was received very well, including a very thoughtful blog post by Agnostic, Maybe. I needed to create shorter more pithy version for the iSchools webpage, and so edited it down from an hour to 25 minutes. I thought it might be useful to…

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Killing Librarianship

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“Killing Librarianship” Keynote New England Library Association Annual Conference, Burlington, VT. Abstract: What might kill our profession is not ebooks, Amazon or Google, but a lack of imagination. We must envision a bright future for librarians and the communities they serve, then fight to make that vision a reality. We need a new activist librarianship…

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LIS Grand Challenges and the Death of the User

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“LIS Grand Challenges and the Death of the User” iSchool Colloquium Series University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Abstract: Grand challenges are hard problems with solutions that have societal level impacts. They are as much rallying cry as research agenda, and are useful in promoting innovation in the field and building strong cross-disciplinary partnerships. What are…

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New Librarianship in Rural Libraries

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“New Librarianship in Rural Libraries” PEACE Library System Annual Conference (via Teleconference), Alberta, CA. Due to technical audio problems with the video conference the actual presentation was not captured. The following video is a condensation and recreation of the presentation Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/PEACE.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2011/PEACE.mp3 Screencast:

Reinventing Library Services and Librarians in the Digital Age

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“Reinventing Library Services and Librarians in the Digital Age” University of Pittsburgh Staff Development Participatory Librarianship: A Vital Conversation about Librarianship and its Future, Pittsburgh, PA. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/Pitt-Library.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2011/PittLibrary.mp3 Screencast:

Fulfilling the Potential: Digital Libraries and The Future

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“Fulfilling the Potential: Digital Libraries and The Future” Visiting Lecture, Digital Library Learning (DILL) International Masters Program, Florence, Italy. Abstract: The following screencast is a pretty long (2 hours and 45 minutes) lecture on ideas from the Atlas of New Librarianship and how they relate to digital libraries. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/Florence-DLL.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2011/Florence.mp3 Screencast:

Reinventing Librarianship

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“Reinventing Librarianship” Keynote ALA 2011 Virtual Conference. The session was recorded by ALA and should be available soon (I will update this post). Excerpts: “This then is your collection and what a truly awesome collection it is: more massive and sprawling than anything in ancient Alexandria. It is composed of seniors have seen their expected…

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The Future of Librarianship

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“The Future of Librarianship” Delaware Library Town Hall, Dover, DE. Abstract: Take away the librarians, the staff, but leave the books, the computers, and the architecture and for a week you will have a fine sculpture of a library that every day will become more and more a snapshot of the past. But throw out…

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The Future of Librarianship

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“The Future of Librarianship” FLICC Annual Forum, Washington, DC. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/FLICC-Lankes.pdf

Grand Challenges of Librarianship

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“Grand Challenges of Librarianship” Keynote Swedish Library Association’s Annual Conference 2011, Visby, Sweden. Abstract: Instead of facusing on the future of our communities we all too often seem to chase them through technology hoping to find new relevance for our collections and buildings. In such a world every new tool is a potential threat, any…

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Radical

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“Radical” Keynote Florida Library Association’s Annual Conference 2011, Orlando, FL. Abstract: We must go further. We must go deeper into our communities. We must bring radical positive change for our members. They are drowning in overpriced mortgages, our students are entering the job market with crippling academic debt, our children are struggling with underperforming schools.…

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The Heart of Teaching and Learning Into the Future

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“The Heart of Teaching and Learning Into the Future” SUNY Oswego Library, Oswego, NY. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/Oswego.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2011/OswegoVim.mp3 Screencast:

The Post Recession Library

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“The Post Recession Library” PLA Virtual Spring Symposium 2011, Online. Abstract: They say a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. How can libraries and librarians use the economic downturn to reintroduce themselves to their community? How can we restructure libraries and the work of librarians for the future? What entrepreneurial services can a post-recession…

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Awesome Librarians

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“Awesome Librarians” ILEADU Kickoff, Springfield, IL. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/ILEADU2.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2011/ILEADU2.mp3 Screencast:

Libraries and Broadband: Forging a New Social Compact

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“Libraries and Broadband: Forging a New Social Compact” Delaware Library BTOP Launch, Newark, DE. Abstract: The time for introspection is done. The time for trivia is done. The time for looking for the future of libraries in catalogs, and strategic plans is done. The needs of our communities is too great, and our promise for…

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