Associate Dean for Academic Services, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly’s ACRL award-winning Kennedy Library invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean for Academic Services. The successful candidate will join a collaborative leadership team in executing a new strategic plan, aligned with the campus vision and academic master plan. The successful candidate will lead a talented team of faculty and staff in delivering a broad portfolio of user-focused research, learning, outreach, data and digital scholarship services. We invite candidates with experience in forging partnerships across the university, with demonstrated strength leading and assessing library services to provide students with diverse and powerful learning experiences.

Associate Dean, Digital Initiatives, McGill University Library

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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.