Assistant / Associate Director for Information Technology, Ohio State

The Ohio State University Libraries is accelerating knowledge creation and augmenting ground breaking research at one of the world’s most prominent research universities. We seek a knowledgeable, dynamic, results-oriented leader to direct, develop, enhance, and implement an evolving portfolio of information technology services that support the University’s efforts to transform scholarship and solve problems of worldwide significance.

The Assistant / Associate Director of Information Technology (AD for IT) will craft a shared vision for and advance the strategic development and implementation of applications, systems, and technology services that enhance digital initiatives and library operations. Reporting to the Vice Provost & Director of University Libraries, the AD for IT sets and advances technology priorities for the Libraries that align with the educational and research missions and strategic directions of the University. In a highly collaborative environment, the AD for IT works with a wide variety of campus partners to ensure robust library support for new and established technology services that meet the teaching, research, and service needs of the university community. The AD for IT is a member of the Libraries’ Executive Committee.

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Dale Askey is the Associate University Librarian for Library & Learning Technologies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, as well as the Administrative Director of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. He also blogs about libraries, technology, and media at bibliobrary.net.

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About “Gentle Disturbances”

The title of our new blog, “Gentle Disturbances”, is a tribute and a reference to the husband and wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s art consists of vast, temporary outdoor installations, such as the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, the 24-mile Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park. Christo has asserted that their art creates “gentle disturbances," designed to challenge traditional perceptions of the spaces and landscapes they inhabit. By encouraging viewers to see familiar landscapes in new ways, their art disrupts assumptions about permanence, ownership, and categorization.

While we claim none of the artistic or political impact of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, we hope that this blog and its many contributors will challenge us all to look at the landscape of academic libraries and higher education in new ways. We aspire to “gentle disturbances” of the kind that will lead to productive conversations and creative approaches to our common challenges.