Associate University Librarian (Archives), Memorial University

Recognizing the importance of archives and special collections, Memorial University Libraries is seeking its first Associate University Librarian (Archives). The AUL (Archives) will lead the development of Archives & Special Collections, the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, and the Digital Archives Initiative, all of which are located in the Queen Elizabeth II Library on Memorial’s St. John’s campus. Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL (Archives) will be responsible for the administration of these units which are dedicated to preserving and sharing the history and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as preserving and providing access to a variety of other unique collections from around the world. Development and application of the methodology and standards of archival best practice for material in all formats will be expected, as will contributions toward personal and institutional research interests. The AUL (Archives) will also strengthen relations with other university archival units and with other archives and special collections, both provincially and nationally.

Full posting at http://www.library.mun.ca/media/MUNLibrary/pdf/FinalApprovedAd-AssociateUniversityLibrarian-Archives(Mar9,2015).pdf.

 

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.