Systems Thinking in Museums explores systems thinking and the practical implication of it using real-life museum examples to illuminate various entry points and stages of implementation and their challenges and opportunities. Its premise is that museums can be better off when they operate as open, dynamic, and learning systems as a whole as opposed to closed, stagnant, and status quo systems that are compartmentalized and hierarchical. This book also suggests ways to incorporate systems thinking based on reflective questions and steps with hopes to encourage museum professionals to employ systems thinking in their own museum. Few books explore theory in practice in meaningful and applicable ways; this book offers to unravel complex theories as applied in everyday practice through examples from national and international museums.
Yuha Jung, PhD, is an assistant professor of arts administration at the University of Kentucky. She holds an MA in museum studies from Syracuse University, MPA from the University of Georgia, and PhD in art education from the Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis on museum education and management. Her current research interests center around the incorporation of systems theory and organizational studies in arts and museum management and education. She has published numerous papers in the areas of culture diversity, engaging diverse audiences, systems theory, organizational culture, and informal learning in arts and cultural institutions. Ann Rowson Love, PhD, is the coordinating faculty member for the museum education and visitor-centered exhibitions program in the Department of Art Education at Florida State University. She is also faculty liaison to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Love has been a museum educator, curator, and administrator for over twenty-five years. She presents and publishes widely on curatorial collaboration, visitor studies, and art museum interpretation. Love is co-editor of Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums also published by Rowman & Littlefield.