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The Phi Beta Mu Omicron Chapter’s Fall lecture was presented by Dr. David Lankes on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in the Alexander Library Scholarly Communication Center.  In addition to the attendees in the Center, many students and others were logged in from many off-campus locations to participate in the presentation as a webcast.

Dr. Lankes is the director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science and recipient of the American Library Association’s 2016 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship.   He is the author of many noted works including The New Librarianship Field Guide, Expect More:  Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World and The Atlas of New Librarianship.

In his lecture, “Claiming Victory and Moving On,” Dr. Lankes stated that over the past several decades, as technology has evolved, every industry has become an information industry.  This situation creates a question for information science in terms of what is left within the discipline itself.  He claimed that while data may be transactional, knowledge is uniquely human and must be constructed.  This provides the space for information scientists to embrace the mission of helping organizations make more informed decisions.  He concluded that the social mission of librarians must be foundational and that the goal of libraries should be “To create The World Our Communities Deserve.”

Slides from the presentation are available on Dr. Lankes’ blog at

The event, which also served as an MI program colloquium, was co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Libraries, the SC&I Library and Information Science department and the New Jersey Center for the Book.