Category Archives: New/Participatory Librarianship

Coffee, Wifi, and the Loo: Reactions to The Sieghart Report

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I don’t have time to write this post. I have grading to do, a book to write, and proposals to draft. Yet, I must comment on the Independent Library Report released today concerning UK libraries. More than that, I have to comment on how the report is part of an international movement that I feel…

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Archive of New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC Now Available

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You can now quickly access to the archives of the New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC. See the course structure, watch the videos, and download materials at: http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=6599 Archives of the MOOC discussions are coming soon. The CourseSite version of the class is also still available.

ILEAD USA and You

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Right now 10 State Libraries are gearing up to offer, in my opinion, the best learning experience for in-the-field librarians: ILEAD USA. The program consists of cross-library teams, mentors, amazing instructors, and thought leaders from across the industry. Though 3 intensive residencies librarians form a cohort around projects with the sole aim to produce awesome…

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Join the Radical Conversation on Defining a Library

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This week the folks behind the upcoming Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship are looking for your help in defining what a library is…from a New Librarianship point of view. As part of the Radical Conversations series, we need your help in understanding what differentiates a library from a community center, classroom, bookstore, or warehouse. Watch…

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The Future *some assembly required

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“The Future *some assembly required” 9th Sebina Day. Rome, Italy (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: A video discussion of New Librarianship including Italian subtitles [you have to turn of closed captions and choose Italian] Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/ItalyVideo.pdf Screencast:

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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Reinventing the Academic Library: Conclusion

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There is no one way to run or structure a library. The days when there was a single model for an academic library, if they ever existed, are gone. The idea that the academic library is a store house of books and materials is gone. The notion that a library can serve off to the…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Tenure Librarians

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Making the Most Important Decision a Faculty Makes More Informed Tenure is a major commitment. It should be made with the best information. Each year…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Publisher of the University

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Reinventing the Academic Press to be a Publisher of the Community University presses used to be selective imprints – focused on a thin slice of…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Innovation in instruction

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] The Library Serves as a Hub for New Forms of Instruction MOOCs; continuous education; alumni teaching; intensive programs to improve STEM education: the library plays…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Clinical Teaching Environment

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Integrating Students Across the Campus in Library Service Students in different disciplines can gain invaluable real world experience applying their classroom learning to…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: Concierge Librarians

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] Librarians Provide Personal Service to Improve Freshmen Retention Upon acceptance each freshmen is assigned their own concierge librarian. Within their first weeks on campus, a…

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Reinventing the Academic Library: The Knowledge Agenda

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[The following program proposal is part of an ongoing series on Reinventing the Academic Library. It is intended as an example of the kinds of things librarians supporting a research-intensive university can do.] A Library with an Integrated Research and Development Agenda A university is an institution of discovery. From physics, to religion, to mechanical engineering the…

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The Turning Tide: From Collection Development to Community Facilitation

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“The Turning Tide: From Collection Development to Community Facilitation” Saint John’s University Invited Lecture. New York City, NY. Abstract: Libraries have seen massive and profound changes in their collections over the past half century. It is time to radically change how we view service to our communities as well. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2014/SJU.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2014/SJU.mp3 Screencast: The…

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Announcing the Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship

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I have just signed a contract with MIT Press for the publication of The Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship, a follow up to The Atlas of new Librarianship. Over the next few weeks and months I will be reaching out to you for help in ensuring the Radical’s Guide helps you to better serve our…

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Last Man Standing: How to Kill Public Libraries

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I don’t normally talk about library types. For me all libraries (really librarians in all contexts) serve a community, be that a community of citizens, students, faculty, lawyers or what have you. There is more that binds librarians together than separates them. That said, I have heard of a special set of concerns surrounding public…

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Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians

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“Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians” University of Maryland iSchool Talk. College Park, MD. Abstract: The days when there was a single model for a library, if they ever existed, are gone. The idea that the library is a storehouse of books and materials is gone. The notion that a library can serve off…

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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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