R. David Lankes

R. David Lankes

Virginia and Charles Bowden Professor of Librarianship


R. David Lankes is the Virginia and Charles Bowden Professor of Librarianship at University of Texas at Austin. Lankes has always been interested in combining theory and practice to create active research projects that make a difference. His work has been funded by organizations such as The MacArthur Foundation, The Institute for Library and Museum Services, NASA, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. Department of Defense, The National Science Foundation, The U.S. State Department, and The American Library Association.

Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today's society earning him the American Library Association's Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for distinguished contribution to reference librarianship in 2021 and the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship in 2016. 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, the French national library school Enssib, and was 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.


Ph.D., Information Transfer, Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

M.S., Telecommunications, Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

B.F.A., Special Studies in Art (Multimedia Design), Syracuse University

Areas Of Specialization

Information Centers

Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabusNotes
2024FallINF 380EPerspectives on Information
2024FallINF 380EPerspectives on Information
2024SpringINF 380EPerspectives on Information
2024SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science: Library Foundations Library Foundations
2023FallINF 380EPerspectives on Information
2023FallINF 380EPerspectives on Information
2023SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science: Community Engagement in Libraries Community Engagement in Libraries
2023SpringINF 380EPerspectives on Information
2022FallINF 380EPerspectives on Information
2022SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science: Community Engagement and Services Community Engagement and Services
2021FallINF 380EPerspectives on Information