Associate University Librarian, George Washington University (2 positions)

The George Washington University Libraries (GW Libraries) is seeking nominations and applications for two Associate University Librarians (AULs) to provide leadership to a vibrant and responsive organization. GW Libraries has embarked on an exciting path, serving as a catalyst to spark innovation and new ideas throughout the George Washington University community. Fundamental to our vision is the proactive role that GW Libraries play in sustaining and expanding our intellectual partnerships with faculty and students across the university. This requires an empowered, agile and highly collaborative staff that is willing to provide leadership and ensure growth in responding to an ever-changing information landscape.

The two new AULs, along with another current AUL and senior staff members, will provide vision and leadership to librarians and staff of the GW Libraries, which include the main library (Gelman) and the libraries of the Mount Vernon (Eckles) and Virginia campuses. The AULs will work together as a team to consider the most effective approaches for providing services and solutions, and engaging students, faculty and staff to understand their information needs. Projects and activities will be viewed from a total GW Libraries perspective, with librarians and staff performing together based on requirements and skills rather than reporting structures. The end result will be a healthy, vibrant organization that addresses faculty and student needs effectively. As members of the senior management team, they will participate in planning, budget, operations, and personnel decisions for GW Libraries.

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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.