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Dean of the University Library, St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State University seeks a Dean of the University Library to play a pivotal role in setting strategic direction for the Library, strengthening current programs, technologies, and services, developing new initiatives, and enhancing support of instruction and scholarship to

Posted in Hors catégorie

Director of Libraries, Smith College

Smith College, the largest independent women’s college in the U.S., seeks a Director of Libraries to lead a period of transformational change as the College embarks on building the signature college library of the 21st century with the renowned designer,

Posted in Dean/Director, Jobs

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.