Atlas Update

For new readers of my blog, my new book, The Atlas of New Librarianship, is being co-published by MIT Press and ACRL this spring. You can follow the links in this post to more about the content of the book. This post is to give folks an update on where we are in production.

We also have a date! The book is being launched at the ACRL 2011 ( It then will be on sell starting in April.

Thirdly, work has started on a series of Atlas companion pieces like a website and iPad app. To keep up and ask questions feel free to follow along at Half of the book will be available full text, plus places to keep evolving and discussing the Atlas and New Librarianship, plus new indexes and video. You can also join us on Facebook at Both of these spaces are still very much a work in progress, so don’t expect too much life until March.

Lastly, a special shout out to MIT Press and ACRL. This is going to be a beautiful book 10″x10″ full color with a pull out poster/map and only $55 at about 500 pages. Also a special thanks to the literally hundreds of librarians that have been part of the process and ideas in the Atlas.

We’ve also already gotten some nice reviews:

“Deep thinking, beyond brands, down to the core concepts and competencies that define librarianship. Lankes creates thoroughly described verbal and visual explanations of the relationships between the many disparate parts that make up our professional whole.”
—Jessamyn West, community technology librarian, blogger, and creator of

“The Atlas is not a book; it is a manifesto, a set of principles and convictions aimed at shaking new life and belief into a field that too often fears for its own future. Read it and be prepared to act.”
—Andrew Dillon, Dean and Louis T. Yule Regents Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

More soon.

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