A New Librarianship for a New Age

“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 is based upon how people learn, not how they browse. This new approach to librarianship will require a change in the skills and preparation of librarians, new types of services, and ultimately a new relationship with communities. The problems faced by our communities are too important to wait for people to come into our buildings. This presentation will examine the foundations of new services, and a new role for librarians as facilitators of knowledge creation. It will offer examples of librarians engaging their communities, and challenge each librarian to take responsibility for the future of the profession.
Abstract (Italian): Una nuova biblioteconomia sta emergendo, utilizzando quanto appreso in oltre 3.000 anni di storia per forgiare un approccio basato non su libri e manufatti, ma sulla conoscenza e sulla comunità.Questa biblioteconomia si basa su come le persone imparano, non su come navigano. Questo nuovo approccio alla biblioteconomia richiederà un cambiamento nelle competenze e nella preparazione dei bibliotecari, nuove tipologie di servizi, e infine un nuovo rapporto con le comunità. I problemi delle nostre comunità sono troppo importanti per aspettare che la gente venga nei nostri edifici. Questa presentazione prenderà in esame le basi dei nuovi servizi, e un nuovo ruolo per i bibliotecari come facilitatori della creazione di conoscenza. Offrirà esempi di bibliotecari che coinvolgono la propria comunità, e sfiderà ogni bibliotecario ad assumersi la responsabilità del futuro della professione.
Slides: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/Rome.pdf
Audio: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/pod/2011/Rome.mp3
Transcript (English): http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/RomeEN.html
Transcript (Italian): http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2011/RomeIT.htm


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Conversations on transforming libraries are highlights of ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Two afternoons of deep conversation about the evolving needs of our communities and how we can transform libraries and librarianship to meet their challenges will take place at the ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting. Hosted by ALA President Molly Raphael, the conversations will be a highlight of the Meeting’s multiple themes of conversation, empowering voices and transforming libraries.

“Empowering Voices, Transforming Communities” features renowned Syracuse iSchool professor David Lankes leading small groups to address questions about transforming our communities and the profession. Facilitators from the graphic recording company, Sunni Brown, will help create visual images of the plenary conversations that conclude each afternoon. The Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, session focuses on “Understanding Your Communities.” The Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, session focuses on “Transforming Librarianship.” Both run from 1 -3 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center, Room DCC-A1. Sessions are open to all Midwinter Meeting attendees; watch for sign-up information. Attendees will also receive a coupon for 5 percent off the price of David Lankes’ galvanizing “Atlas of New Librarianship” (ACRL/MIT Press, 2011) at the ALA Conference Store.

Lankes’ current focus is on reconceptualizing the library field through the lens of “New Librarianship.” He is a professor in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, director of the library science program for the school and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse.

Picking up and continuing the conversation as the featured speaker in President Raphael’s President’s Program is Rich Harwood, described as “one of the great thinkers in American public life.” Harwood has become a leading national authority on improving America’s communities, raising standards of political conduct and re-engaging citizens on today’s most complex and controversial public issues. He is the president and founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. The President’s Program is 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday in the DCC Theater.

These Empowering Voices events are part of a range of programming under the Midwinter focus “The conversation starts here …” and begin with Friday’s Advocacy Institute Workshop, “Mobilizing Community Support for Your Library,” on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Omni Hotel Dallas. For more information please visit the Advocacy Events page on the ALA website.

“Empowering Voices, Transforming Communities” is sponsored by ALA President Molly Raphael and her presidential committee, as well as the ALA Public Programs Office and the ALA member initiative group Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement. Special thanks to the ALA Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), co-publisher, with MIT Press, of “The Atlas of New Librarianship” by R. David Lankes.

ALA 2012 Midwinter Meeting is in Dallas, January 20-24. We encourage you to register now, so you don’t miss out on this chance to join the conversation as you enrich your career, your library, and your community. Early bird registration ends Dec. 2, 2011.

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Librarians as Change Agents

“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. Learn why librarians must adopt a mission of transformative social action to help improve society, not simply document it.


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Expeditions: Turn Right at the Obelisk

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Web chat con David Lankes sul futuro delle biblioteche

Web chat con David Lankes sul futuro delle biblioteche

Giovedì 17 Novembre alle 16.00 David Lankes, professore di Nuova Biblioteconomia all’Università di Syracuse negli Stati Uniti, terrà una web chat intitolata “I Bibliotecari come Agenti del Cambiamento”. Il professor Lankes discuterà sul ruolo futuro delle biblioteche e su come i bibliotecari possono promuovere il cambiamento sociale attraverso una maggiore interazione con le comunità. L’indirizzo online per partecipare alla web chat (in inglese) è: www.ambasciatausa.it/lankes

Secondo le teorie di Lankes, sta oggi emergendo una nuova biblioteconomia basata sulla conoscenza e sulla comunità. Nella webchat Lankes illustrerà il futuro ruolo dei bibliotecari come facilitatori della creazione di conoscenza e offrirà esempi di biblioteche che coinvolgono la propria comunità. La professione di bibliotecario, secondo Lankes, deve essere più interattiva e propositiva, deve coinvolgere gli utenti attraverso i social media, deve accogliere gli ebook e le nuove tecnologie. I bibliotecari del futuro non saranno più solo nelle biblioteche, ma si sposteranno in nuovi spazi come le scuole e le aziende.

David Lankes è professore di Nuova Biblioteconomia all’Università di Syracuse. Presso la stessa università ricopre anche gli incarichi di Direttore dell’Information Institute e del Library Science Program. Lankes è uno dei più affermati studiosi della disciplina che studia l’organizzazione delle biblioteche, e ha incentrato la sua attività su come il concetto di partecipazione può ridefinire il ruolo delle biblioteche. Lankes è particolarmente rinomato per la sua attiva promozione delle biblioteche nella società odierna e per i suoi studi sull’importanza dell’informazione nei processi di trasformazione industriale.

Venerdì 18 Novembre David Lankes interverrà al Congresso dell’Associazione Italiana Biblioteche con una presentazione intitolata “A New Librarianship for a New Age” (Una nuova Biblioteconomia per una Nuova Era). Durante il congresso Lankes sarà disponibile per interviste con i giornalisti. Il programma dell’evento è disponibile su: www.aib.it/aib/congr/c57/prog.htm3

U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy
Public Affairs – Press Office
Phone 39 – 06 – 4674 2426

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Expeditions: Failing in a Spa with Monet?

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Killing Librarianship Transcript

You asked for it, you got it. I’ve uploaded a word-for-word transcript of the Killing Librarianship NELA keynote (see the link right after audio or just click here). I’m also working on an edited version if folks want to include it or parts of it in newsletters and such. Stay tuned.

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