An Introduction to Systems Thinking for Librarians
Keywords:Systems thinking, Leadership, Management, Libraries
AbstractSystems thinking moves beyond the traditional view of the world as individual parts to be analyzed and understood toward a view of the world as an interactive, interlinked network working toward a common goal. All the parts of a system are inseparable from one another, making an understanding of the entire system essential to success. The academic library is a perfect example of an interlinked, interoperable system. The writings of systems thinker Barry Oshry provide insight into proper system operation and can be helpful to individuals seeking to create healthy library organizations.
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