For immediate release | October 5, 2015

Workshop will teach how to improve your library using the five phases of project management

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Improve Your Library Using the 5 Phases of Project Management with Robin M. Hastings. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.

Project management is a familiar term to many librarians and one that can be applied to the overall improving of your library. In this workshop, Robing Hastings will not just be teaching project management skills, she will be teaching how the five phases of project management can be applied to librarianship, even to areas that are not project oriented. Most of the workshop will target the first couple of phases with a focus on the planning phases. You will learn how to plan like a project manager; how to break down a large project into smaller, workable components; how to produce plans and planning documents that will help any project run more smoothly while increasing the odds of finishing the project successfully; and how to launch a new service.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • identify the five phases of project management;
  • use brainstorming techniques to break down a large project into smaller components and using those to create a master plan;
  • understand and use basic planning documentation from project management toolkits;
  • and articulate why planning is so important for successful projects.

About the Instructor:

Robin M. Hastings is the director of technology services and technology consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System, where she helps libraries across the system innovating with technology for their patrons. She is the author of "Outsourcing Technology: A Practical Guide for Librarians," "Making the Most of the Cloud: How to Choose and Implement the Best Services for Your Library," "Collaboration 2.0" (Library Technology Reports 45:4, May/June 2009), and the book "Microblogging and Lifestreaming in Libraries."

Registration for this ALA Publishing Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

ALA Publishing Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

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