I’m certain you’ve experienced that moment, the one where you’ve read something or heard someone speak, and you thought: “This person has a gift that will change our world, our country or our profession…” you can fill in the blank. It might have been the depth of their thinking, or the way they expressed those thoughts, but whatever it was, it moved you. Deeply. You knew it the moment you consumed it. Maybe it was the leader of a political movement, a pastor or even a friend. For me, and probably for many of you as librarians, one of those people has been David Lankes. His book, “The Atlas of New Librarianship” is the Bible of modern librarianship and I keep a copy of it within reach in my office, just because I value it so much. His videos are the visual and audio versions of that same thinking and I listen and re-listen to them often because I find them so inspiring.
As many of you probably also know, David is fighting cancer. He is openly and bravely sharing his journey with all of us on his blog Virtual Dave and via his Facebook page. David is receiving chemotherapy treatment this week and next week his is facing a stem cell transplant. Today he posted this:
“That thing when you day goodbye to your kids to go into the hospital for a life threatening procedure? Yeah, that thing.”
I don’t know about you, but that one caused me to sit back and think deeply. David is one of the leading thinkers and movers in our profession today. He makes us better, he leads us by thought and example and he is selfless in doing so. Certainly I can’t speak for each of you or what you draw on in moments of deep contemplation be it faith, Karma or positive energy. Whatever it is, today and in the week ahead we need to share it with David and his family. We need to surround them with it. We need to be as selfless as David.
So I’m asking each of you to please carve a few moments out of your day to go out and buy a card and send it to David. Let him, and his family knows that we’re thinking of them, sending thoughts, prayers and positive energy their way. The address is:
c/o Upstate University Hospital
750 East Adams Street, 10 H, Room 44
Syracuse, NY 13210