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, Maya Lin. The Director reports to the Provost and Dean of Faculty, ensuring full integration of the library with the College’s liberal arts mission. The intellectual heart of the campus, the Smith Library hosts a rich learning and research ecosystem, welcoming varied modes of knowledge-making by an increasingly diverse community of users.

The new Director will embrace this period of exciting transformation as an opportunity to convene a variety of stakeholders in the important work of redefining an academic library. Practitioner and scholar, strategist and visionary, implementer and spokesperson, Smith’s next chief librarian will be known as a national and international voice for the evolution of the modern research library as a versatile, multi-use venue of collaboration and discovery.

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Erin Stalberg is Director of Discovery and Access at Mount Holyoke College.

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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.