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Taiga Forum at ALA Annual in San Francisco, CA

Taiga Forum – ALA Annual, San Francisco, CA WHERE & WHEN: 2 – 4 pm on Friday, June 26, 2015. meeting room # 2004 W (Moscone Center west building) Title: The Art & Science of Building Lasting Partnerships across your

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Vowing Reform

In academia, the holiday season is what I like to refer as the “black hole,” since all projects of any kind come to a grinding halt. The university shuts down for essentially two weeks and for many of us, it’s

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When is it time to step sideways? And other ponderings …

We are having our annual Executive Committee retreat on Tuesday. This is the 2nd year our interim dean has hosted this all day event at her beautiful home on the river. It is a fantastic location for a retreat. We

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Spiritual Teachers? – What It Means for Library Leadership

A friend posted an image recently on Facebook that stated: *My Spiritual Teachers in Order of Importance: 1. People who annoy the living sh*t out of me 2. All other spiritual teachers What does this have to do with library

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The Grand Plan and the Encore Career: How to Keep Being Relevant in the Last Quarter

On Sunday I am one year closer to being “old.” This has me thinking about where AD’s and AUL’s go next when they don’t aspire to be a Dean or Director. While I may have plenty of good years left

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Nothing Much To Say

I am not having a productive week thinking about what to write for this Taiga Forum blog post. There is too much to blog about and I don’t have the focus to make any sense. I vacillate between being incredibly

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If You See Something, Say Something

The student newspaper at my institution has a popular feature known as “Pirate Rants.” Our town newspaper (probably inspired by the popularity of the above), also has a feature called “Bless Your Heart.” Snippets of opinion are posted anonymously on

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This post is not about tenure-track status, it’s about much more …

As AULs and ADs, we Taiga Forum participants often find ourselves in the position of having to manage changes that are not necessarily of our own making, and may not be decisions we really support. The discussion here outlines some

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Are You Really Who You Say You Are?

I was going to write about something else altogether this week but I am saving that topic for my next blog post, as it will not go stale.  Instead, I would like to expand on a recent Facebook rant on

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The End of Library Scut Work?

I recently came across a piece by a colleague that resonated with me: Stanley Wilder from one of my NC sister institutions weighed in with a post about the end of lower skilled library employment. The idea that we may

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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.