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The Promise of Appreciative Inquiry in Library Organizations

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Title: The Promise of Appreciative Inquiry in Library Organizations
Author(s): Sullivan, Maureen
Subject(s): Leadership in libraries Library organization
Abstract: Appreciative Inquiry is a different approach to organizational development, one that calls for the deliberate search for what contributes to organizational effectiveness and excellence. Appreciative Inquiry is a practical philosophy that assumes the organization is a “mystery” and a “marvel” to be embraced, not a problem to be solved (Cooperrider & Srivastava, 1987, p. 131). The author’s experience with this different approach to organizational development reveals its power to unleash the creative energy within library organizations. This article describes the principles, process, and some of the practices of Appreciative Inquiry.
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 52(1) Summer 2004: 218-229.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2004.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-24

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