Beginning in 2010, CLIR/DLF announced its affiliation with the Taiga Forum, a community made up mostly of assistant/associate university librarians and associate deans who meet to share ideas and strategies for developing more effective organizational structures for research and academic libraries.
For the foreseeable future, the Taiga Forum meetings will be held independently, but in conjunction with the DLF Forum meetings: http://taiga-forum.org.
A hallmark of the DLF is its function as a connection point between communities. By partnering with Taiga, DLF strengthens its ability to facilitate conversations between administrators and developers/project managers. The partnership creates opportunities to develop a shared understanding around changing technology, user expectations, and the idea that the “digital library” is not a separate function of the library, but is integrated with all aspects of library service.
The Taiga Steering Committee is eager to work with CLIR /DLF to explore potential new strategic directions for Taiga and the synergies that might be attained by working together. Both entities are concerned with exploring the impact and potential of the new digital information environment, and how as a community we can respond to the profound challenges we face.
“Taiga is about questioning, challenging, and agility. The Taiga Steering Committee, in leading Taiga in this new direction, feels that this step is true to Taiga’s nature. A partnership with DLF will help ensure that Taiga remains an intellectually vibrant and sustainable community going forward,” said Kristin Antelman, chair of Taiga’s Steering Committee.