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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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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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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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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

Posted in Collections, Leadership, Management, News, Scholarly communication, Services, Technology

Diversity Begins in the Bathroom: Lead From the Library, Part I

Sixteen months ago a group of students shamed me in the best possible way. I received an e-mail from a student asking for gender neutral bathrooms in the library and the ability to use a preferred name (a chosen name,

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New Services, New Skills, and Renewing Staff

Recently, I’ve found myself in several different conversations about the shift many academic libraries are making to support digital scholarship in its various formulations. These discussions usually unfold around questions of what skill sets are needed to support digital scholarship,

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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.