Category Archives: Presentation

Building an Academic Platform for the Future (and NOW)

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“Building an Academic Platform for the Future (and NOW)” Reinventing the Library The Future Role of Libraries within SUNY and Beyond. Syracuse, NY. Abstract: The importance of seeing the academic library as both platform and publisher. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2016/SUNY.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2016/SUNY.mp3 Building an Academic Platform for the Future (and NOW) from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

The Obligation of Innovation

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“The Obligation of Innovation” OLA Super Conference 2016. Toronto, ON, Canada. Abstract: Librarians must lead their communities in innovation by example. If our libraries are to be incubators of new ideas, librarians must model creativity, adaptability, continuous learning, and leading change that makes a difference. This isn’t about apps, or looking like Silicon Valley, it…

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New Narratives for Librarians

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“New Narratives for Librarians” SLA Military Libraries Division Training Workshop 2015. Washington, DC. Abstract: Librarians must move past traditional narratives that are holding back the profession. Military librarians also have a special opportunity to craft a new narrative of libraries and security. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Military.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2015/Military.mp3 Screencast: New Narratives for Librarians from R. David Lankes…

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Customer, Consumer, Users, and Other Mistakes

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“Customer, Consumer, Users, and Other Mistakes” LIANZA Annual Conference 2015. Wellington, New Zealand. Abstract: Librarians and the libraries they build are turning towards the communities they serve. Librarians have found renewed relevance and purpose in unleashing the knowledge and aspirations of the world’s towns, schools, universities, and businesses. However, this realignment can go too far…

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7 White Guys and a Weather Balloon

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“7 White Guys and a Weather Balloon” MakerSpace 3.0: Retinkering Libraries. Westport, CT. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Westport.pdf Screencast:

From Bringer of Doom to Bringer of Hope

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“From Bringer of Doom to Bringer of Hope” Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association. Buffalo, NY. Abstract: By embedding librarianship directly into patient support and engaging patients as more than symptoms and diseases medical librarians can help the entire field of medicine transition to true patient centered care. In this…

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Day 45,626

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“Day 45,626” NYLA’s 125th Annual Conference. Lake Placid, NY. Abstract: This year NYLA celebrates its 125th anniversary (45,625 days). 45,625 days ago Melvil Dewey, one of NYLA’s founders, saw the future of libraries in standardization, efficiency, and industrialization. 45,625 days ago the future of libraries was in shared structures, shared methods, and librarians devoted to…

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Librarians as Agents of Transformation

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“Librarians as Agents of Transformation” Informatie aan Zee 2015. Oostende, Belgium. Abstract: What can be learned from the U.S. librarians’ response to the economic crisis, and the importance of hope and optimism in librarianship. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Belgium.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2015/Belgium.mp3 Major Points: Major points Screencast: Librarians as Agents of Transformation from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Expect More: What’s In It For the Information Professional?

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“Expect More: What’s In It For the Information Professional?” European Social Innovation Week. Tilburg, Netherlands. Abstract: Librarians have a chance to fundamentally change the profession at the local, national and international level. This presentation covers why the profession is ready, our members are ready, and the crises that demand more of librarianship. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Tilburg.pdf A…

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Expect More: Why Libraries Cannot Become STEM Educators

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“Expect More: Why Libraries Cannot Become STEM Educators” Public Libraries and STEM. Denver, CO. Abstract: A discussion of how librarians should seek to facilitate STEM learning over transforming all librarians into STEM educators. Also a discussion of how librarians must bring with them their values of equity in any partnership. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/STEM.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2015/STEM.mp3 Conference…

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The Changing Role of Librarians in Learning

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“The Changing Role of Librarians in Learning” Vatican Library School Lecture. Rome, Italy. Abstract: As our understanding of learning has changed, so too must librarianship. As we have moved from teaching an act done to people to learning as an act controlled by the individuals, librarianship shifts from passive transmission of information to active facilitation…

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Community as Collection

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“Community as Collection” Workshop at the Sangiorgio Library in Pistoia. Pistoia, Italy. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Pistoia.pdf Workshop Flyer: Flyer Screencast:

An Action Plan for World Domination Through Librarianship

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“An Action Plan for World Domination Through Librarianship” CILIP 2015 Annual Conference. Liverpool, UK. Abstract: The future for libraries of all sorts is in engaging our communities in learning. The communities in our towns, schools, colleges, and businesses need a proactive corps of librarians dedicated to knowledge, and a mission of facilitation. David’s presentation will highlight…

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Libraries as Platforms of World Domination

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“Libraries as Platforms of World Domination” ILEAD USA. Springfield, IL. Abstract: Integrating the community into the collection is not a gimmick or a fad. Making community expertise a direct part of what the library offers – what the library is is not only possible, but essential. This session wraps in 9 states to work on…

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Expecting More From Our Libraries

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“Expecting More From Our Libraries” Baldwinsville Public Library Staff Development. Baldwinsville, NY. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/Baldwinsville.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2015/Baldwinsville.mp3 Screencast: Expecting More From Our Libraries from R. David Lankes on Vimeo.

Communities in Crisis

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“Communities in Crisis” Association des bibliothécaires français. Strasbourg, FR (via video). Abstract: How do libraries respond in times of crisis? They dive deeper into their communities. Is this an act of politics? Yes. Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2015/france.pdf Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2015/France.mp3 Screencast: This video has French captioning. A very heartfelt thank you to Nathalie CLOT, Directrice Bibliothèque universitaire d’Angers and…

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Everything You Learned in Library School is Wrong

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Please note I have added a new cleaner audio track to this presentation (and the audio download) as well as adding a YouTube version of the presentation (in case you like to see me walking around). “Everything You Learned in Library School is Wrong” ILEAD USA. Springfield, IL. Abstract: We all know that Libraries are Good…

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Expecting More From Our Libraries and Communities

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“Expecting More From Our Libraries and Communities” Professional Development Speaker Series. Toronto, Canada. Abstract: Libraries are more important now than ever – but not the same libraries we have always had. Our patrons need to expect more of us, and we, in turn, should expect more of them. We must form a partnership based on aspirations…

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Radical Librarians

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“Radical Librarians” Bertha Bassam Lecture University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Toronto, Canada. Abstract: For too long librarians have seen their role as being unbiased agents standing ready to serve. Librarians must be agents of transformative social engagement — actively working to better their communities. From the riots in Ferguson, to the Arab Spring, we see…

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The Librarian, The Closet, & The Empty Room

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“The Librarian, The Closet, & The Empty Room” School Library Systems Conference. White Plains, NY. Abstract: Librarianship needs a radical change – a focus from libraries as places and institutions to librarians as radical positive change agents. This presentation talks about defining the profession and places by the people who make a difference – librarians. Slides:…

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