TAIGA FORUM in 3 days! Are You Ready? ALA Mid-Wtr Taiga Forum Conversation

This is a time of unprecedented retirements and thus University Librarian/Dean job openings.

Maybe you’ve been contacted by colleagues, search firms, or others asking if you are interested in applying for a University Librarian/Director/Dean position. Perhaps you haven’t been approached about such a position, but might be interested. What would it take for you to feel that you’re ready to step up to the next level? How do you signal your interest to colleagues and recruiters?

Join Taiga as we engage in an open conversation that brings to the surface the doubts, excitement, and world of possibilities we all experience. We’ll discuss individual strengths and the aspects of the job you don’t have experience in and how you gain these skills (ex: budget, fundraising).

LOCATION: McCormick Convention Center. W474b
DATE: Friday, Jan. 30th 2pm – 4pm

After a soul baring (but mightily supportive) conversation, join Taiga as we mosey to the MX Lounge (connected to the MCC) for the Taiga Forum Social.

MCC shuttles run until 7:30pm.

Taiga Forum thanks Innovative Interfaces Inc. for supplying our meeting spaces.

Amy Kautzman is the Associate Director of Academic Services at UC Davis

Posted in Hors catégorie, Leadership

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.