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Towards more inclusive networks

Being involved in Taiga and other professional networks of academic librarians has been incredibly beneficial to me. I have met fantastic colleagues, made good friends, and been afforded significant professional opportunites as a result of contacts I have made through

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Preferred Name Project: Lead from the Library, Part II

My last post was on the seemingly mundane and yet necessary duty to provide safe restroom access to all library patrons.  This post continues and extends the “in the vein of serving all of our patrons discussion” to include the

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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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Diversity training not very effective; but targeting recruiting and hiring is

We promised to follow up on the Taiga Forum with a few blog posts recapping the events of the day for those who could not attend.  You can get a sense of some of what we talked about and thought

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Diversity, It’s Not Too Late

We currently have a diverse group of 44 people signed up for our full-day event; the Taiga Forum: Diversity in Academic Libraries. When I write “diverse” in this context, I’m referring to our participants varied roles in academic libraries. Attending

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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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Anouncing Taiga Forum speakers

We are very excited to announce a stellar line-up of speakers and topics for our November 7 Taiga Forum meeting on “Diversity in Academic Libraries”: Christine Williams, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at

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Let’s talk about diversity: Taiga, November 7, Austin TX

Thanks to all of you who voted on the 2 proposals for our next Taiga Forum. Now that the votes are all in, we have decided to go with the Diversity in Academic Libraries topic for a few reasons: Although

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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.