56th Annual Initiation and Member Celebration (2015)

Thank you to all who joined us on Friday evening, May 8, 2015 to welcome our new members into the Pi Lambda Sigma chapter of Beta Phi Mu and enjoy an inspiring talk by our featured speaker, R. David Lankes.

2015 Pi Lambda Sigma In Person Initiates

2015 Pi Lambda Sigma In Person Initiates (Front row, L to R): Dina E. Meky, Kathryn A. Justus, Kyra Leanne Nay, Wei Quan, and Nancarrow Ann Brown. (Back row, L to R): Brandon Michael Fess and Margaret Mcinnis. Initiates In Absentia include Sarah E. Bratt, Elizabeth Ashley Crowder, and Jennifer A. Peters.

Time: 5 – 7 pm
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
Details: Event schedule

R. David Lankes

Featured Speaker: R. David Lankes

R. David Lankes is a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. 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.

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. His book,The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature.