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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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This post is not about tenure-track status, it’s about much more …

As AULs and ADs, we Taiga Forum participants often find ourselves in the position of having to manage changes that are not necessarily of our own making, and may not be decisions we really support. The discussion here outlines some

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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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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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Does the library world squash public dissent?

In Waiting for Batgirl, Andy Woodworth laments the lack of compelling library blogging. Woodworth implies that most library blogging is pretty bland, primary because few of us are willing to be publicly critical of our organizations and/or of the profession.

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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.