R. David Lankes: "The Rise of the Global Knowledge School of Thought"

Start Time: 

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

Location: 

Manning Hall 208

Please join us for a CRADLE Talk by R. David Lankes, director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science, on Friday, Feb. 16, 12-1:00pm in Manning 208. Lankes will be delivering his talk "The Rise of the Global Knowledge School of Thought."

Abstract: The Knowledge School is a school of thought, not a place, or marketing initiative. It seeks to push forward the field of library and information science to improve society. The school of thought integrates theory, practice, and social mission. It is founded on the belief that more knowledgeable communities make better decisions, and that these in turn, create a better society. However, this objective alone is insufficient to form a school of thought. So the Knowledge School is grounded in concepts and theory of learning. Those in the knowledge school see the mission as proactive, that is it is not enough to wait and provide opportunities to build knowledge (learn), rather those who subscribe to this school of thought seek to actively shape and connect to communities. Moreover, practice and theory must be married to a social mission. This social mission puts forth fundamental values such as diversity, equity, transparent, and intellectual honesty that shapes the proactive work knowledge workers do in shaping communities through the application of theory.

This talk will discuss the foundations of the school that is already shaping scholarship and practice across the globe. From the Netherlands, to Australia, to the Carolinas librarianship and information science are changing: deliberately and in a coordinated fashion. It is shaping LIS curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate level. It is changing national policy, it is shaping service, it is changing funding, it is changing scholarship. Come join the conversation.

Bio: R. David Lankes is a professor and the director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. Lankes has always been interested in combining theory and practice to create active research projects that make a difference. His work has been funded by organizations such as The MacArthur Foundation, The Institute for Library and Museum Services, NASA, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. Department of Defense, The National Science Foundation, The U.S. State Department, and The American Library Association.

Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society earning him the American Library Association’s Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship in 2016. 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 was 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.