Informed Systems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081001752, 9780081002223

Informed Systems

1st Edition

Organizational Design for Learning in Action

Authors: Mary M. Somerville
eBook ISBN: 9780081002223
Paperback ISBN: 9780081001752
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 14th July 2015
Page Count: 192
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Description

By fostering principles of systems thinking and informed learning though an inclusive, participatory design process that advances information exchange, reflective dialogue, and knowledge creation, the Informed Systems Approach promotes conceptual change in workplace organizations. Informed Systems explores theory-based participatory action research and provides examples of agile process models for activating sustainable design, dialogue, and reflection processes in today’s organizations. This book also examines forward thinking frameworks for academic libraries, and how they can be used in the context of dynamically changing scholarly communications. Chapters further the expression of collaborative information practices that enrich information experiences by simultaneously advancing both situated domain knowledge and transferable learning capacity. Design (and redesign) activities well integrated into the workplace culture are expressed through sustainable processes and practices that produce rich information experiences. Informed learning both promotes and sustains continuous learning, including collective reflection on information sources, collaborative practices, and systems functionalities. In these ways, transferable topical understandings and information resiliency manifest action oriented intention to ensure improvements of real world situations.

Key Features

  • Transferable critique of the leadership issues facing contemporary library organizations across the globe
  • Agile process models for activating sustainable design, dialogue, and reflection processes in today’s organizations
  • Theory-based participatory action research illustrations of the efficacy of systems thinking interventions
  • Forward thinking frameworks for academic libraries in dynamically changing scholarly communications contexts
  • Proven organizational transformation strategies, building upon theoretical concepts, for nimble responsiveness

Readership

Library organization leaders and Library staff members. Professionals in other industries will also obtain transferable insights.

Table of Contents

  • List of figures
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1: Introduction
    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Early beginnings
    • 1.2 Learning our way to change
    • 1.3 Literature-based scientific learning model
    • 1.4 Learning our way to action to improve
    • 1.5 Systems thinking practice
    • 1.6 Soft systems process outcomes
    • 1.7 Learning organization design
    • 1.8 Outward looking and looking forward
  • 2: Informed systems genesis
    • Abstract
    • 2.1 A lifelong inquiry
    • 2.2 Organizational context
    • 2.3 Experiential antecedents
    • 2.4 Contextual history
    • 2.5 Participatory design
    • 2.6 Organizations systems
    • 2.7 Participatory action research
    • 2.8 Organizational purpose
    • 2.9 Organizational learning
    • 2.10 Organizational design
    • 2.11 Organizational leadership
    • 2.12 Learning organization
    • 2.13 Informed learning evolution
    • 2.14 Learning reflections
  • 3: Informed Systems approach
    • Abstract
    • 3.1 Contemporary conditions
    • 3.2 Theoretical antecedents
    • 3.3 Approach basics
    • 3.4 Value proposition
    • 3.5 Informed organizational learning
    • 3.6 Organizational leadership essentials
    • 3.7 Informed System Approach
    • 3.8 Organizational knowledge creation
    • 3.9 Workplace synergies
    • 3.10 Systems design gestalt
    • 3.11 Informed organizational outcomes
    • 3.12 Concluding reflections
  • 4: Informed Systems implementation
    • Abstract
    • 4.1 Organization description
    • 4.2 Organizational reinvention
    • 4.3 Organizational learning
    • 4.4 Systems thinking
    • 4.5 Organizational readiness
    • 4.6 Reinvention genesis
    • 4.7 Participatory systems design
    • 4.8 Shared leadership
    • 4.9 Shared Leadership Team
    • 4.10 Professional information practices
    • 4.11 Web-scale discovery service
    • 4.12 Facility space redesign
    • 4.13 Organizational capacity building
    • 4.14 Informed leadership reflections
    • 4.15 Concluding observations
  • 5: Informed organization design
    • Abstract
    • 5.1 Organizational effectiveness roots
    • 5.2 Information conception evolution
    • 5.3 Informed Systems opportunities
    • 5.4 Guiding principles
    • 5.5 Informed organizational implications
    • 5.6 Information experience impact
    • 5.7 Designing information experience systems
    • 5.8 Learning synergies
    • 5.9 Informed Systems as information experience
    • 5.10 Informed leadership insights
    • 5.11 Informed Systems actions
    • 5.12 Learning in action
    • 5.13 Informed Systems initiation
    • 5.14 Informed organization outcomes
  • 6: From here to there
    • Abstract
    • 6.1 Framing the conversation
    • 6.2 Learning organizations
    • 6.3 Organizational leadership
    • 6.4 Participatory design
    • 6.5 Action research
    • 6.6 Evidence-based information practice
    • 6.7 Organizational learning
    • 6.8 Learning organizations
    • 6.9 Learning organization maturation
    • 6.10 Toward beyond
    • 6.11 Concluding reflections
  • Attachments
    • Attachment 1.1 Interactive media and information design course
    • Attachment 1.2 Exercising disciplinary knowledge
    • Attachment 1.3 Appreciative inquiry basics
    • Attachment 1.4 Learning commons conception
    • Attachment 1.5 Soft systems methodology: Basic learning process
    • Attachment 2.1 Knowledge creation essentials
    • Attachment 2.2 Unanticipated coincidences
    • Attachment 2.3 Participatory action research elements
    • Attachment 2.4 Organizational learning models
    • Attachment 2.5 Phenomenography basics
    • Attachment 2.6 Identifying and delineating information experience as a research domain: A discussion paper
    • Attachment 2.7 Relational information conception
    • Attachment 4.1 Auraria library organizational design fundamentals
    • Attachment 4.2 Shared leadership reflections
    • Attachment 4.3 Shared leadership team work outcomes
    • Attachment 4.4 Auraria library report on communication systems
    • Attachment 4.5 New way of working
    • Attachment 4.6 “Getting to know” in library space planning
  • Index

Details

No. of pages:
192
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Chandos Publishing 2015
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780081002223
Paperback ISBN:
9780081001752

About the Author

Mary M. Somerville

Mary Somerville is a University Librarian and Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and Library Director at the Auraria Library, a tri-institutional organization serving the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver, USA. Her leadership approach employs participatory action research to co-design enabling workplace communication systems and professional information practices to catalyze knowledge creation. In development for over a decade by an international research team, this Informed Systems Approach has been holistically applied since 2008 to initiate academic library re-invention and campus engagement.

Affiliations and Expertise

University Librarian, Professor and Library Director, the Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Community College of Denver, CO, USA