I really like David Lankes’ thinking. I love his books and watch his videos. He really pushes the envelope for library strategies founded on a strong belief in the real power of libraries, librarians and library staff. He is a leading light in library land.
R. David Lankes is Professor and Dean’s Scholar of New Librarianship and Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. Lankes has always been interested in combining theory and practice to create active research projects that make a difference. Past projects include the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, the Gateway to Education Materials, AskERIC and the Virtual Reference Desk. Lankes’ more recent work involves how participatory concepts can reshape libraries and credibility. This work expands his ongoing work to understand the integration of human expertise in information systems.
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.
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David videos (lots f them! 97 at least look):
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These belong in every professional collection.
Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World by R. David Lankes (Jun 12, 2012)
The Atlas of New Librarianship by R. David Lankes (Apr 4, 2011)
Reference Renaissance: Current and Future Trends by Marie L. Radford (Editor), R. David Lankes (Editor), Marie L. Radford and R. David Lankes (Feb 22, 2010)
Virtual Reference Service: From Competencies to Assessment (The Virtual Reference Desk Series) by R. David Lankes, Scott Nicholson, Marie L. Radford and Joanne Silverstein (Nov 21, 2007)
New Concepts in Digital Reference (Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval & Services) by R. David Lankes (Mar 4, 2009)
The AskA Starter Kit by David R. Lankes and Abby S. Kasowitz (Aug 9, 2000)
The Bread & Butter of the Internet: A Primer & Presentation Packet for Educators by R. David Lankes (June 1999)
Building and Maintaining Internet Information: K-12 Digital Reference Services by R. David Lankes (Mar 1998)
The Digital Reference Research Agenda: Compiled from the Digital Reference Research Symposium, August 2002, Harvard University (Acrl Publications in Librarianship) by R. David Lankes, Scott Nicholson and Abby Goodrum (Nov 2003)
Digital Reference Service in the New Millennium: Planning, Management, and Evaluation (The New Library Series, No. 6) by R. David Lankes, John W. Collins and Abby S. Kasowitz (Oct 2000)
Virtual Reference Desk: Creating a Reference Future (The Virtual Reference Desk Series) (The Virtual Reference Desk Series) by R. David Lankes, Eileen G. Abels, Marilyn Domas White and Saira N. Haque (Dec 13, 2005)
The Virtual Reference Experience: Integrating Theory Into Practice (The Virtual Reference Desk Series) by R. David Lankes, Joseph Janes, Linda C. Smith and Christina M. Finneran (Aug 30, 2004)
Cost, statistics, measures, and standards for digital reference services: a preliminary view. (Academic Libraries).: An article from: Library Trends by R. David Lankes, Melissa Gross and Charles R. McClure (Jul 31, 2005)