New Advanced eCourse: Project Management Fundamentals for Librarians

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/28/2017


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces the new advanced eCourse Project Management Fundamentals for Librarians. This advanced eCourse will begin Monday, April 17, 2017 and run for 12 weeks.

Do you have trouble staying on top of a project? Seeing it through from start to finish? This advanced eCourse will provide you with essential strategies and techniques to successfully oversee projects from their initial proposal to completion. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of several project management tools and processes that will help you stay on task and on schedule.

You’ll learn about management styles, institutional constraints, project life cycles, stakeholder management, scope definition, risk assessment, project planning tools, team management, and more! You’ll gain practical experience through assignments and interaction with the instructor and your fellow students. In twelve weeks, you’ll enhance your skill set and attain a solid foundation in project management.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this advanced eCourse, you will be able to

  • Define a project and understand the fundamentals of project management
  • Manage client expectations
  • Successfully manage the scope and constraints of a project
  • Use tools, templates, and processes to successfully launch, manage, control and close projects

Participants who complete this Advanced eCourse will receive an SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion. This certificate will affirm your status as having completed all the steps of an Advanced eCourse on Project Management Fundamentals for Librarians and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.

Advanced eCourses—a new format in which faculty from the SJSU iSchool will help you dig deep into cutting-edge topics during 12-week online courses, equipping you with potentially transformative knowledge and skills, and taking you from introductory through high-level content.

For more information about the eCourse, including how to register, please visit the ALA Store.

About the Instructor

Sean Gaffney is a manager in the Data Analysis and Delivery Services (DADS) team at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Prior to joining PwC, Sean worked for Archer Daniels Midland in a variety of roles, including Head Research Librarian, Manager of Information Services and Senior Information Scientist. Sean holds an MBA in Accounting from Saint Leo University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in LIS from the University of Illinois. Sean has been a part-time faculty member at San Jose State University’s School of Information since 2008 and has taught several CPE courses for SLA. Sean is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.

ALA Publishing provides all librarians a comprehensive, one-stop resource for dynamic print and digital materials and eLearning dedicated to professional development, improving library services, and the promotion of libraries, literacy, and reading.

The SJSU iSchool / ALA Publishing advanced e-courses offer in-depth, advanced training that take participants from introductory to high-level content in 12 short weeks. Award-winning SJSU iSchool faculty members help participants dig deep into relevant course topics to provide applicable knowledge and skills that can transform their work. These asynchronous online courses are ideal for information professionals from around the world.

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The SJSU iSchool prepares individuals for professional careers in the information professions. Graduates work in diverse areas, such as information governance, user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, and librarianship. The  SJSU iSchool offers several online educational programs, including a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, which is fully accredited by the American Library Association; a Master’s degree in Archives and Records Administration; and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science. All programs are delivered online, and the SJSU iSchool is a recognized leader in online education. For more information about the school, please visit: