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And more jobs!

Yesterday Chris posted the first of what we hope to be a series for Taiga focused on Library Director/Dean/UL and AD/AUL jobs. The inaugural post featured a number of Director-level opportunities, so today we’ll showcase AD/AUL opportunities in addition to a few

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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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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.