Category Archives: New/Participatory Librarianship

Publisher of the Community: We’re All Doomed

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“Publisher of the Community: We’re All Doomed” Closing keynote for the NISO Workshop on “Using the Web as an E-Content Distribution Platform: Challenges and Opportunities.” Abstract: We need to build platforms for scholarship and knowledge development, not information and content delivery. These platforms are not about APIs and eContent, but about people and content. We…

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Mapping the Community

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“Mapping the Community” South Central Regional Library Council Annual Meeting. Cortland, NY. Abstract: Libraries are changing. From a focus on collections to a focus on communities; from spaces of librarians to spaces of students, parents, faculty, and teachers. Of course all of this is just rhetoric. Real change requires tools to define the spate of…

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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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I’m Better…Now What?

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[TL;DR version: I’m fine, but we all need to be better] My good friend and colleague Jill Hurst-Wahl asked me to write a bit about my current state of health. I think she is tired of letting folks know I’m fine now, have been doing some travel, and not stuck in a bubble. I feel…

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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.

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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LibOnCon

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“Continuous Learning” Opening Keynote for The Library OnConference. Online. Abstract: Librarians must build a system of continuous learning to better to engage their communities. From Alexandria to Ferguson to your back yard, librarians can make an amazing difference. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/LibOnCon.pdf Screencast:

Radical Librarians in Ferguson and Beyond

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A militarized police force – clad in body armor, helmets, and camouflage – shot rubber bullets and tear gas at the protestors. Children huddled in their houses, unable to sleep as their parents took turns watching the front doors for trouble, their father sitting next to a baseball bat just in case. The government called…

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Ferguson Library

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I have never been to Ferguson. I have never been to the Ferguson Library. I love the Ferguson Library. Go look at this page: http://abcnews.go.com/US/ferguson-library-refuge-adults-children-amid-strife/story?id=25050930 Now read this: http://johnbeaudoin4.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/the-library-of-solace/ I read these right after re-reading my book Expect More for an upcoming project that starts with the Arab Spring and the modern Library of Alexandria…

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New Librarianship MasterClass/MOOC Starts Monday

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Just a reminder that the New Librarianship MOOC will be offered again starting on Monday. Look here for more information: http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?p=5819 Look here for self-registration information: http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?p=5915

Innovation in the Country

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“Innovation in the Country” Keynote for ILEAD USA. Abstract: Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community. I tried something different for this one…live video with on screen pop ups. Please let me know if you like it or how it could be better. Screencast: Innovation…

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Interview with Anna Maria Tammaro

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Video and audio from a short interview with Anna Maria Tammaro on New Librarianship and Italian librarians: Interview on New Librarianship with Anna Maria Tammero from R. David Lankes on Vimeo. Audio Only: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/Italy.mp3 Here is a list of the questions we started with: 1. What is the value of librarians and how can it…

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Master Class Now Open for Enrollment

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Starting at the end of June I’ll be running the New Librarianship Master Class (June 30-July 27). For those who are familiar with the MOOC I did last summer, this is a repeat of that course. For those unfamiliar, here is a description: About the Class Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library…

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New Librarianship Master Class to be Offered Again

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Last summer I offered a MOOC on the basics of New Librarianship. Over 2,300 people enrolled. However, many said they couldn’t participate at the time, or had to drop out for other obligations. Now, thanks to the State Library of Illinois’ ILEAD USA project, I’m offering it again. Starting June 30th and running through July…

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The Faithful and the Radicals

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“The Faithful and the Radicals” Opening Keynote for Expect More, The NYLA-SSL Annual Conference 2014. Syracuse, NY. Abstract: School librarians must have faith in the work and the work of their colleagues. Yet faith alone will not advance the cause. Advancing school librarianship requires radical action. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/CNYSchoolLibraries.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/cny.mp3

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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The Community is Your Collection

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“The Community is Your Collection” Closing Keynote for ILEADU March Session. Springfield, IL (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: Librarians build tools to enhance their true collection – the communities they serve. Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/ILEADUSitting.mp3

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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Beyond the Bullet Points: PET Scans and Water

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I tell you the following story of what happened to me today to: To amuse the twisted and snarky As a cautionary tale for those who seek to serve To let those following my health know about the results of my PET scan Normally when you get a medical test, you get a result. Often…

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Libraries as Community

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“Libraries as Community” Information Resource Center Directors (branch libraries in US Embassies) from East and Central Africa, U.S. Embassy, Kigali (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: As professional services (medicine, higher education) move to a more participatory approach, so too should libraries. This presentation discusses how the mission of librarians pushes libraries past documents and spaces to…

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