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On February 17, Sarasota County Public Libraries hosted a staff day event and invited library professionals from all over the state to attend. The keynote speaker at the event was R. David Lankes, a nationally renowned speaker and author, and Director of the University of South Carolina School of Library & Information Science. He is also the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2016 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship, and winner of the ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature for his book The Atlas of New Librarianship. Lankes’ presentation was called “Expect More: Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World” and addressed topics relating to to the changing role of librarians in today’s world.

After the presentation at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the event moved to the Selby Public Library where there were panel discussions and breakout sessions. TBLC was able to get an exclusive interview with Lankes, and a recap the event. which you can view here.