Vol. 4 No. Special (2019)
Essays and Opinion Pieces

Forget the future: Our time is now

R. David Lankes
University of South Carolina

Published 2020-12-20


  • reference,
  • learning,
  • activism,
  • advocacy

How to Cite

Lankes, D. (2020). Forget the future: Our time is now. Journal of New Librarianship, 4(Special), 303–313. https://doi.org/10.21173/newlibs/7/2


The text of a 2017 address at the RUSA President’s program talks about the need for librarians to be centered on active learning. Aspects of continuous learning for librarians should be participatory, happening everywhere, and occurs in a social context. The author argues that librarians must be advocates and must advocate for everyone in the community regardless of race, religion, education level, or country of origin. This is a job that cannot be delayed until tomorrow. It is a duty outlined in the values of our profession and enabled by technology. The article ends with a call for personal action in supporting communities of all types.