Project Management Basics | American Libraries Magazine
There isn’t a profession that doesn’t intersect with project management in some way, and libraries bring their own distinct set of challenges and opportunities. These books will help library managers evaluate past and current library projects and offer strategies to inform future plans.
Launching large-scale library initiatives: innovation and collaboration
By Valerie Horton
With years of library experience under his belt, Horton knows that project management involves various stages of planning and a careful balance of preparation, collaboration and resource management. In this title, Horton presents project management lessons and techniques from various industries and adapts them to the library environment. This approach gives the reader the information needed to create actionable projects that can gain buy-in from colleagues and patrons. Whether this is your first large-scale initiative or your hundredth, Horton helps you better understand the key concepts and functions of project management. ALA Editions, 2021. 160 p. $54.99. 978-0-8389-4987-0.
The practical guide to project management
By Barbara Allen
Allan’s book is a practical guide to project management, from small-scale initiatives such as starting a new workshop to larger projects like a shared program between library branches. With examples from a variety of projects and libraries, this book examines fundamental project management practices and how to manage variables such as people, money, change, and partnerships. Equally important, Allan shows how project management can also be part of professional development. Edition Facette, 2017. 240 p. $74. 978-1-78330-203-1.
Strategic Project Management Made Simple: Solution Tools for Leaders and Teams, 2nd Edition
By Terry Dean Schmidt
Schmidt connects strategy and project management to guide new and experienced project managers as they transform ideas, problems, and opportunities within their organizations into future projects. With a framework that can be easily adapted to any project or organization, the book presents step-by-step guidance on planning, leading, and executing projects while aligning stakeholders on the path forward. Presented in a simple and accessible format, this second edition is packed with information on the link between projects and business strategies. Wiley, 2021. 256 p. $30. 978-1-119-71817-8. (Also available as an ebook.)
Project management in libraries: meeting deadlines, budgets and objectives
By Carly Wiggins Searcy
Can your projects be considered successful if you are not on time or on budget? In this accessible reading for library workers at all levels, Searcy, a certified project management professional and librarian, provides advice on executing projects while keeping a watchful eye on potential risks that can derail everything. the hard work involved. In addition to the basics, she highlights how one’s approach to project management can lead to effective and thoughtful decisions. Examples include how to run meetings more effectively, how to get the most out of your stakeholders’ engagement, and how to capitalize on your people’s strengths. ALA Publishing, 2019. 136 p. $54.99. 978-0-8389-1719-0.
Libraries that Learn: Keys to Organizational Knowledge Management
Edited by Jennifer A. Bartlett and Spencer Acadia
The success of a project stems from variables and conditions that go far beyond the planning and implementation stages. While every project is different, chances are your library already knows why projects have failed, passed, or capped in the past. Harnessing this organizational knowledge can better inform how you take on a new project. This book first introduces the central ideas and concepts of knowledge management before presenting case studies of how libraries capture, organize and apply this knowledge for change. ALA Publishing, 2019. 184 p. $64.99. 978-0-8389-1831-9. (Also available as an ebook.)