Category Archives: New/Participatory Librarianship

Beyond the Bullet Points: When will the Mission Die?

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I asked my doctor how I would die. Her answer was that If this treatment didn’t work we had more treatments after that and another treatment after that and still more tries after that. And if all that doesn’t work no one dies in pain. None of this, of course, answered my question which is…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: A New Year’s Wish

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I have no more use of resolutions. Last year I resolved to keep the weight off that I had lost during my “mystery ailment” from the months before. I succeeded, but only because gaining weight is not a real problem during treatment for cancer. So for this year, instead of making a resolution I will…

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Save Big on Expect More

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Looking for that last minute gift for your favorite library board member, provost, or principal? Look no further. Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World is now just $12 from Amazon…over a 30% savings for the season. What are folks saying about the book? From GoodReads: “An amazing little book that explicates what…

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Library as Facilitator

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“Library as Facilitator” KUB Project, Sweden (via pre-recorded video). Abstract: What makes libraries able facilitators? What differentiates them from other professions or organizations in the mission of knowledge creation? Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/EU.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/EU.mp3 Screencast: Library as Facilitator from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Don’t Save Libraries, Save the World Instead

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“Don’t Save Libraries, Save the World Instead” The Librarian’s Toolbox: Reopened! Fayetteville, NY. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/SLA.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/SLA.mp3 Screencast: Don’t Save Libraries, Save the World Instead from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

The Mortal in the Portal or Why Almost Everything you Learned in Library School is Wrong

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“The Mortal in the Portal or Why Almost Everything you Learned in Library School is Wrong” Digital Library Federation Annual Forum. Austin, TX (via Video Conference). Abstract: Digital libraries must be active, human-driven conversations. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/DLF.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/DLF.mp3 Screencast: The Mortal in the Portal or Why Almost Everything you Learned in Library School is Wrong…

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Changing Literacy Changes Literacy Organizations

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“Changing Literacy Changes Literacy Organizations” Unspoken Conference. Utica, NY. Abstract: Changing views of literacy changes literacy organizations like libraries. This presentation for a non-library audience discusses these changes. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/Utica.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/Utica.mp3 Screencast: Utica from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

From Loaning to Learning

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“From Loaning to Learning” Slovenian Library Association Congress. Lasko, Slovinia (via telecast). Abstract: We live in a time of great opportunity in libraries. New technologies, and new approaches to knowledge have opened up new possibilities for libraries and librarians. This presentation looks at the role of the library in “post-document” world, where the focus of…

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New Librarianship Master Class: A MOOC Case Study

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“New Librarianship Master Class: A MOOC Case Study” Internet Librarians International Pre-Conference. London, UK (Screencast). Abstract: A review of the New Librarianship MOOC and a discussion of MOOCs and the opportunitiess for libraries. Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/MOOCLondon.mp3 Screencast: New Librarianship Master Class: A MOOC Case Study from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Engineers of Innovation

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“Engineers of Innovation” NCSLMA 2013 Annual Conference. Winston-Salem, NC. Abstract: Innovation is a term with baggage. To some it is a nebulous concept thrown around to little effect. To others, it is a daunting task reserved for a few visionaries. In this presentation Lankes will talk about how innovation is the job of every librarian.…

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New Librarianship Master Class: MOOC Statistics

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“New Librarianship Master Class: MOOC Statistics” Pushing the Envelope in Education: Roles for Libraries-MOOCs, eLearning & Gamification. Toronto, CA. (via Skype) Abstract: A quick overview of the New Librarianship MOOC with some conclusions and statistics. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2013/MOOCStats.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2013/MoocToronto.mp3 Screencast: New Librarianship Master Class from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

MOOC Videos added to Atlas Companion Site

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The video introduction to the threads of the Atlas, created and used in the New Librarianship MOOC, have now been added to the Threads sections of the Atlas companion site. In the coming weeks I hope to make substantial changes to the companion site, creating a more expansive home for new librarianship and ongoing efforts,…

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MOOC: A Personal Thank You

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As we enter the official last week of the New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC I wanted to extend a personal thank you to the library community. Some may know this has been a very difficult year for me in terms of my health. A set of unexplained seizures in the Fall of 2012, followed by a…

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After the MOOC

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The New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC is its third week, and the question can be asked…whats next? What happens after the August 4th end date for the course? The short answer is, the conversation can continue. What follows is some specific answers, and some longer term plans. On August 5th, the tests and assessments in the…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: Power and Empowerment

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I have been engaged in a discussion of librarians and power with Steve Matthews over on the BeerBrarian Blog: http://beerbrarian.blogspot.com/2013/07/thoughts-on-new-librarianship-week-one.html?showComment=1373647786790#c3322455378238735629 (great post, but this is happening in the comments). It would have stayed there, but my latest response is simply too big, and I’d rather be complete than terse. Also, I think these ideas on…

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New Librarianship MOOC FAQ

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With the announcement of the New Librarianship Master Class we’ve received a number of questions. The FAQ below is a set of answers to these questions (this document should be linked off the course site very soon). New Librarianship Master Class Frequently Asked Questions Do I have to be a librarian to take the class?…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: For the Syracuse LIS Class of 2013

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It’s four in the morning and I should be asleep. Commencement starts in 5 hours, but chemo is keeping me awake. I was planning on writing a general message to new LIS graduates, but it just kept feeling overblown and preachy. Instead I’d like to direct my comments to this year’s graduating class of library…

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Moving Past the Deficit Model and Demonstrating Our Worth

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“Moving Past the Deficit Model and Demonstrating Our Worth” Texas Library Association Annual Conference. Fort Worth, TX (via Skype). Abstract: Our communities, be they an academy or a city, are not broken. Our communities are not passive users of services or consumers of reading. Our communities are our true collection. Their expertise, inventiveness, and experiences…

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School Librarians As Facilitators of Learning

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“School Librarians As Facilitators of Learning” Texas Library Association Annual Conference. Fort Worth, TX (via Skype). Abstract: School librarians are more than teachers who work in the school library. They have the ability to bring whole new forms of instruction into a school. This session will cover new ideas and examples of school librarians moving…

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Beyond the Bullet Points: Rock Stars

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Editorial note. After having a great conversation with folks on twitter it became apparent that I devalued youth librarianship out of hand. I apologize for that and it was not my intention. I have noted the edit below. I got the call while I was in the Apple store (surgical mask firmly in place to…

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