The No-nonsense Guide to Project Management

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This book provides a ‘no-nonsense’ guide to project management which will enable library and information professionals to lead or take part in a wide range of projects from large-scale multi-organization complex projects through to relatively simple local ones. Allan has fully revised and updated her classic 2004 title, Project Management, to incorporate considerable developments during the past decade, including: the development and wide-scale acceptance of formal project management methodologies; the use of social media to communicate and disseminate information about projects and the large shift in the types of project library and information workers may be involved in. The text is supported by practical case studies drawn from a wide range of LIS organizations at local, regional, national and international levels. These examples provide an insight into good practice for the practitioner, from an individual working in a voluntary organization on an extremely limited budget, to someone involved in an international project. Content covered includes:

  •     an introduction to project management, project workers, and the library and information profession;
  •     different approaches to project management, the project cycle, the people side of projects, and management of change;
  •     discussion of project methodologies, project management software, open source software, collaborative working software, and use of social media;
  •     project initiation, communication, analysis, and project briefs;
  •     developing project infrastructure, scheduling, working out the finances, and carrying out a detailed risk analysis; and
  •     working in partnerships, in diverse and virtual teams, and managing change.

If you are an LIS professional involved in project work of any kind, whether on a managerial, practical, academic or research level, this is an invaluable resource for you.

1. Introduction to the book

2.  An overview of project management

3. Getting started

4. Planning the project

5. Implementation

6. Evaluation and dissemination

7. Use of ICT to support project work

8. The money side of projects

9. People side of projects

10. Working in partnership

Barbara Allan

Barbara Allan is Deputy Dean of Hull University Business School and Director of the Center for Innovations in Business and Management Education. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008 for her innovative work in e-learning and e-mentoring. She is interested in new approaches to supporting research students and led the development of the Graduate Virtual Research Environment. Author of several books, including Supporting Research Students, she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

”One of the major strengths of this book is the many case studies; these provide the reader with additional insight, and an understanding of real-life challenges. Some describe simple projects, while others describe large, complex projects. This variety makes the book applicable to all library projects, regardless of size or complexity ... As for me, I do not think my copy of this book will be getting dusty anytime soon."
— Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association

”A handy primer and quick reference on library management and leadership."
— Library Journal