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David Lankes

Librarianship: Saving The World One Community At A Time

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 9:00 - 10:15
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David Lankes

Syracuse University

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We live in uncertain times of war, protest, terrorism, economic austerity, ecological disasters, and mass surveillance. What can librarians do to help communities in such turbulent times? Lankes will discuss how a proactive librarianship can build an alternative path to the growing “security versus freedom” narrative. Librarianship can shine in times of crisis, but it requires a focus on improving society over informing customers.


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