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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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We’re offering a free Taiga Forum registration!

Planning on being in the Atlanta area on Thursday, October 30, and want to talk about employee engagement with higher education library or technology types, but haven’t registered for the Taiga Forum? You’re in luck! We have one (just one!) free

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New Taiga Forum Steering Committee Members!

Taiga Forum is thrilled to announce the addition of three new members to the Taiga Steering Committee. The board is made up of AUL/AD level librarians who volunteer their time to build the robust community of practice we all enjoy.

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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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Only Connect… Taiga says good-bye to Facebook

Taiga is all about connections.  It’s about real, sometimes radical, conversations. It’s about people engaging with each other to figure out how to do things better, to be better, and to create our futures in academic libraries.  Taiga also has

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Blog With Taiga Forum

Are you an assistant or associate university librarian, dean, director or other similarly positioned administrative leader in your academic library? Do you have a great topic you’d like to blog about, but don’t have a platform? If you are willing

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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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Diversity, It’s Not Too Late

We currently have a diverse group of 44 people signed up for our full-day event; the Taiga Forum: Diversity in Academic Libraries. When I write “diverse” in this context, I’m referring to our participants varied roles in academic libraries. Attending

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Taiga Travel Scholarship Recipients

Taiga is very pleased to announce the recipients of the Taiga Travel Scholarships for the Nov. 7  Taiga 9 Forum: Jill Anderson (Georgia State University) Amy Buckland (McGill University) Makiba J. Foster (Washington University) Hannah Lee (University of Delaware) Eva

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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.