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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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Are You Ready? ALA Mid-Wtr Taiga Forum Conversation

This is a time of unprecedented retirements and thus University Librarian/Dean job openings. Maybe you’ve been contacted by colleagues, search firms, or others asking if you are interested in applying for a University Librarian/Director/Dean position. Perhaps you haven’t been approached

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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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Beyond Happy Hour: Next up for Taiga

Thanks to all of you who stopped by the Taiga Happy Hour at ALA 2013. We had a great time, reconnecting with familiar colleagues and meeting new ones. While most of us kept the conversations nice and light, a few

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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.