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ERIC Number: EJ994106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0004-8623
Rethinking What We Do and How We Do It: Systems Thinking Strategies for Library Leadership
Somerville, Mary M.; Schader, Barbara; Huston, Malia E.
Australian Academic & Research Libraries, v36 n4 p214-227 Dec 2005
Library leaders promote reconsideration of organisational purposes, processes, and relationships at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, USA. Systems thinking, fortified by information literacy, informs workplace changes that provide learning experiences transferable to better alignment of library outcomes with changing campus priorities. Grounded in Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) enriched by the Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy (ANZIIL) framework this "thought leadership" approach depends on data-driven, boundary-crossing dialogue and reflection. Ongoing practice "rethinking what we do and how we do it" produces improved ways of working, communicating, cooperating and interacting within the library organisation and across the university community, as expressed in an emerging "learning commons" initiative. (Contains 28 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; New Zealand; United States