No-nonsense guidance on project management

For Immediate Release
Thu, 08/24/2017


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052

CHICAGO — Barbara Allan’s new book “The No-nonsense Guide to Project Management,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, 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.

Allan is a trainer whose background also includes managing workplace and academic libraries. She has spent many years working in business schools where her focus was on enhancing learning, teaching and the student experience, and the internationalization and employability agendas. Her qualifications include a doctorate in education (on the topic of e-mentoring and women into leadership). She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008. A member of CILIP, she is the author of several Facet Publishing titles, including “Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning” (2016), “The No-nonsense Guide to Training in Libraries” (2013), “Supporting Research Students” (2009), and “Blended Learning” (2007).

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or


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