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Assistant / Associate Director for Information Technology, Ohio State

The Ohio State University Libraries is accelerating knowledge creation and augmenting ground breaking research at one of the world’s most prominent research universities. We seek a knowledgeable, dynamic, results-oriented leader to direct, develop, enhance, and implement an evolving portfolio of information technology services

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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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Stating the Obvious

Guest Writer: Andy Ashton is AUL for Digital Technologies at Brown University Library and co-head of the library’s Center for Digital Scholarship.  He occasionally tweets at @andyashton. I read Dan Chudnov’s blog post on Why We Write Software at GW

Posted in Management, Technology

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

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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Giving up on discovery

A recent day-long taskforce exercise that I attended that was set up by the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) explored the collaborative potential that a consortial URM purchase could unleash. In a general sense, this concerns the intersection of

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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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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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Just Add Water: The Instant Making of Assistant Directors

No one likes change, especially sudden change, and most emphatically we tend to dislike the kind where we feel totally out of control about it. But sudden change often is better than the long, drawn out excruciating type of change

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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.