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So you want to be a Library Director?

A few weeks ago, we floated the idea of Taiga providing a clearinghouse for Library Director/Dean/UL and AD/AUL jobs. While the response was not overwhelming, it was all positive. Someday, we might implement some automagic database way of pulling relevant

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Help wanted … Taiga as jobs clearinghouse?

The Taiga Steering Committee was talking recently about how we might follow up on the great session we hosted at ALA on Search Firm ABCs, and someone raised the idea of us using this space as a clearinghouse for University

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AUL at the reference desk

When I first became an Assistant University Librarian (AUL), I vowed that I would continue doing reference hours at our main reference desk and would continue teaching library workshops for first year students. As you might guess, all the other

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Towards more inclusive networks

Being involved in Taiga and other professional networks of academic librarians has been incredibly beneficial to me. I have met fantastic colleagues, made good friends, and been afforded significant professional opportunites as a result of contacts I have made through

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Diversity training not very effective; but targeting recruiting and hiring is

We promised to follow up on the Taiga Forum with a few blog posts recapping the events of the day for those who could not attend.  You can get a sense of some of what we talked about and thought

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Taiga Forum Agenda: Diversity in Academic Libraries

We are pleased to announce the final agenda for the upcoming Taiga Forum on Diversity in Academic Libraries. The Forum will take place at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin, TX; immediately following the DLF Forum. Registration for

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Anouncing Taiga Forum speakers

We are very excited to announce a stellar line-up of speakers and topics for our November 7 Taiga Forum meeting on “Diversity in Academic Libraries”: Christine Williams, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at

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Let’s talk about diversity: Taiga, November 7, Austin TX

Thanks to all of you who voted on the 2 proposals for our next Taiga Forum. Now that the votes are all in, we have decided to go with the Diversity in Academic Libraries topic for a few reasons: Although

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What topic should be the theme of the next Taiga Forum?

UPDATED: Voting Deadline set for Friday, August 2, 5pm  PST.  Make your preferences known by voting now!  Your Taiga Steering Committee is busy planning a day-long Taiga Forum to be held on November 7, 2013, immediately following the DLF Fall

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How global is your library?

In December of 2012, Duke University and the Center for Research Libraries co-sponsored an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported conference on The Global Dimensions of Scholarship and Research Libraries. The goal of the forum was: to bring an international focus

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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.