Library Project Management 101

Tuesday, 6/11/2019 - Wednesday, 6/12/2019

an ALCTS Virtual Preconference  

This webinar was presented on June 11 -12, 2019. Access the recording and materials now:

Session 1

Session 2

2019 ALA AnnualSession 1

Library Project Management 101, Part 1
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

This session will introduce library staff to the basics of project management. We will consider what we mean by a ‘project’ in the first place and discuss the different types of projects there are. This session will explain the different stages of starting, planning, implementing and closing a project and introduce some common terminology used in project management. It will outline some of the different project management methodologies so that participants can start becoming familiar with names such as Prince 2, Agile, Critical path and Integrated project management.

Session 2

Library Project Management 101, Part 2
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

This session follows on from part 1 and will discuss the make up of a project team and what the team needs to be effective. We will consider the various stakeholders that might work with the project team or who might be affected by the changes made, and what considerations we might need to make in order to create effective working practices. This session will also introduce participants to the role of technology within project management and discuss different tools and their uses.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of Session 1 you will be able to:

  1. Define what a project is and identify different types of project.
  2. Explain the different stages of the project management cycle.
  3. List different project management terms and describe what they mean.
  4. Identify different project management methodologies

By the end of Session 2 you will be able to:

  1. Identify the different roles within a project management team and describe their requirements
  2. Consider the different people that may be involved and/or affected by a project and explain ways of dealing with them
  3. Outline how and why technology can be useful for projects and identify different tools that can be used.

Who Should Attend

Librarians, staff, and information professionals who are new to project management. No prior knowledge required.


Lisa JeskinsLisa Jeskins is Deputy Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and was involved with the LILAC Conference for nine years. Lisa has 15 years’ experience working in libraries and is now self-employed. Lisa specializes in providing dynamic and interactive training and facilitation for information professionals from across the UK. She has trained staff from the British Library, the Bodleian Libraries (Oxford University), the University of Nottingham, the University of Manchester, and Lancaster University amongst others. Lisa trains on a wide range of subjects including negotiating and influencing, project management, team building, moving into management, and train the trainer.





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