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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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Spiritual Teachers? – What It Means for Library Leadership

A friend posted an image recently on Facebook that stated: *My Spiritual Teachers in Order of Importance: 1. People who annoy the living sh*t out of me 2. All other spiritual teachers What does this have to do with library

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If You See Something, Say Something

The student newspaper at my institution has a popular feature known as “Pirate Rants.” Our town newspaper (probably inspired by the popularity of the above), also has a feature called “Bless Your Heart.” Snippets of opinion are posted anonymously on

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Join Taiga at ER&L in Austin!

  Following a wide-ranging, engaging discussion forum at ALA Midwinter and a successful panel covering the organizational pitfalls of starting and sustaining digital projects at the Digital Library Federation Forum in November, Taiga is back on the road! This time we are

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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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Taiga at ALA Midwinter: Making Difficult Decisions When Values Conflict

Please join the Taiga community in Philadelphia on Friday, January 24th, 2-4pm, in PCC-102B, for a frank discussion about how AULs, ADs, and other library leaders approach making difficult decisions when competing values are at play. Several colleagues will discuss examples of tough

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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.