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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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Taiga Forum Agenda: Diversity in Academic Libraries

We are pleased to announce the final agenda for the upcoming Taiga Forum on Diversity in Academic Libraries. The Forum will take place at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin, TX; immediately following the DLF Forum. Registration for

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Honest Conversations and New Partnerships

Last May, Taiga set out a new agenda that includes efforts “to build a community of practice, engaged in deep thinking, frequent debate, and continual learning.” In the inaugural post for Taiga’s blog, Gentle Disturbances, Chris Bourg set out an

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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.