Recording Available: Burn the Libraries, Free the Librarians, Talk by R. David Lankes at Maryland’s iSchool

Recording Available: Burn the Libraries, Free the Librarians, Talk by R. David Lankes at Maryland’s iSchool

Recording: http://ter.ps/LankesMLS 
 

The University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool, and the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) are pleased to welcome Dr. R. David (Dave) Lankes on November 6.

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 to the side of the mission of a community is gone. What’s left: the centrality of librarians in meeting the needs and aspirations of the community. This presentation presents a librarianship unencumbered by buildings or a fealty to traditions. It talks about librarians as facilitators of knowledge creation in libraries, and offices, and schools, and classrooms, and the wide reaches of the Internet.

R. David Lankes is a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society. He also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, the Harvard School of Education, and the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. More information on Lankes is available at http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/.

This event is part of the Re-envisioning the MLS initiative at Maryland's iSchool; for more information on this initiative, visit: http://mls.umd.edu/2014/09/re-envisioning-mls/, or follow on Twitter at #hackMLS.