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Librarians: from collections to communities (David Lankes at ILI 2012)

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R. David Lankes is a proud and passionate supporter of libraries.  In his book, The Atlas of New Librarianship, David outlines his vision for a ‘new librarianship’ which focuses on knowledge creation and learning…

In his keynote presentation at Internet Librarian International 2012, he “will be talking about how our libraries should act as platforms for community learning and innovation. Our spaces, our services, and our collections are tools that a good librarian orchestrates to allow the community to dream and achieve its aspirations“…

Instead of containing the service oriented expertise of librarians in a building or focused on a collection, librarians can now go out into the community (a city, a university, a school, a business) and engage in their original mission of improving society through facilitating knowledge creation. I get very excited when I see the brilliance and skills of librarians unconstrained by manual processes, and historical hold overs

David says: “I believe in the future of libraries… I think it is bright. However it requires the profession to shape that future and communicate to the world that we are powerful, on their side, and innovators

Extracts from:

Internet Librarian International:


Written by hbasset

September 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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