Taiga Forum at ALA Annual in San Francisco, CA

Taiga Forum – ALA Annual, San Francisco, CA
WHERE & WHEN: 2 – 4 pm on Friday, June 26, 2015.
meeting room # 2004 W (Moscone Center west building)

Title: The Art & Science of Building Lasting Partnerships across your Institution
Abstract: Building long lasting partnerships across the institution, whether a university campus, community college, or small liberal arts college, is one of the most effective ways for the library to remain relevant to its constituents and engaged in the life of the campus or the larger institution.
Come to Taiga to engage in a conversation that will discuss the following questions:
• How do you make a difference on campus via collaboration with Information Technology, Office of Research, Residence Life, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Athletics, Student Affairs, Development, as well as the Colleges, Schools, and Departments?
• What makes a good collaborator and how does one leverage collaborations to build influence?
• What are good examples of strategic collaborations that payoff for the library?
• Why is true collaboration difficult?
• How do you cultivate a culture where library staff/faculty are consistently seeking out opportunities to collaborate with purpose and strategic intent?

Taiga Social Hour
Location: Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant -198 5th Street @ Howard, San Francisco, CA 94103
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
For more information about the Taiga Forum see: http://taiga-forum.org/

Thanks to Innovative Interfaces Inc. for arranging for the space.


Eleanor I. Cook
Assistant Director for Discovery & Technology Services
Academic Library Services — Joyner Library
East Carolina University
East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
252-328-4834 fax

July 2013- Assistant Director for Discovery & Technology Services, Joyner Library, East Carolina University August 2008-June 2013 Assistant Director for Collections & Technical Services, Joyner Library, East Carolina University

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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.