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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

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Associate Dean, Research & Learning Services – Northeastern University

The Northeastern University Libraries in Boston, Mass., offer an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dynamic leader to develop a shared vision and inspire our team of innovative, dedicated staff in the provision of user-focused services that support research, teaching

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Associate University Librarian – Public Services, University of Alberta

The University of Alberta seeks a dynamic, innovative and collaborative Associate University Librarian (AUL) to share responsibility for the direction and administration of one of Canada’s largest research library systems. The University of Alberta Libraries forms part of the Learning

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Dean of Libraries, Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University seeks nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Libraries. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is responsible for visionary, innovative leadership within the Library and for leading the Libraries’

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Some thoughts on the K|N OA white paper

The white paper released in April by K|N Consultants has generated much discussion, notably the review by Rick Anderson on The Scholarly Kitchen and its ensuing comment thread, as well as an Inside Higher Ed article. The authors are rightfully

Posted in Leadership, Scholarly communication

Steps to open access LIS journals

My recent piece asking whether the library profession should (finally) move in the direction of having entirely golden or platinum open access journals generated a fair amount of commentary, much of it offline in the form of conversations. Several themes emerged, all

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Is it time for a PLoLIS?

What exactly is a PLoLIS? With apologies to PLoS, the Public Library of Science, it’s intended to represent the idea of a PL0S-like model for library and information science, ergo the Public Library of Library and Information Science. We are

Posted in Scholarly communication

Giving up on discovery

A recent day-long taskforce exercise that I attended that was set up by the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) explored the collaborative potential that a consortial URM purchase could unleash. In a general sense, this concerns the intersection of

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Open Access, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Elsevier

Perhaps it’s just a sign that at heart I’m a librarian, but I enjoy reading William Patry’s writings on copyright, having first discovered them through Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars. In his latest book, How to Fix Copyright, he

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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.