[Strategy Series 1 of 3] Project Management in Libraries

Monday, 5/14/2018 - Monday, 6/11/2018


In this class, participants will review the skills and experiences needed to be exemplary project managers in a library organization. Interactive and dynamic activities such as discussions, reading assignments, and class exercises will accompany each week’s lectures. The four-part topical tour of project management will culminate with a final project based on project management principles. The course is self-paced.


  • Issues facing new and existing managers who need to create project management plans.
  • The importance of project champions, administrators, and cross-departmental staff will be covered in depth.
  • Effective communication (written and verbal), training staff, managing cross departmental projects, delegating tasks, and being the middle manager. Leading literature will be uncovered, reviewed and discussed.

By the end of the course, participants will be prepared to assume both leadership roles and managerial roles, in relation to effective project management.

Who Should Attend

All library staff and professionals who are in managerial roles, those who aspire for these roles, or those who are forced into such roles.


Debra Lucas-Alfieri has been the Head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, since 2002. Her most recent landmark book is titled "Marketing the 21st Century Library: The Time is Now", published by Elsevier. Due to the success of her first book, Debra is under contract with Elsevier to write a second textbook on managerial and leadership skills.    

Her book chapters appear in Middle Management in Academic and Public Libraries (2011) and the 21st Century Handbook of Anthropology (2010). Dozens of encyclopedia articles appear in the Encyclopedia of Power (2011), the Encyclopedia of Time (2009), the Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2005), and the 20th Century Encyclopedia of Pop Culture (2000). She has also published academic journal articles in Collaborative Librarianship (2011), the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve (2009), and the Journal of Library and Information Science (2007).  Additionally, she has served as an editor for the Journal of Library Innovation. She has served as a guest lecturer in the field of librarianship and research (2007- ), was the Leadership Institute Graduation Keynote Speaker (2009) and is in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women (2008- ).



To register for all three strategy series courses, visit the bundle page to get a discount! 

  • $130 for RUSA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

To register for all three strategy series courses, visit the bundle page to get a discount! 

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Tech Requirements

ALA will use Moodle for all online educational courses. Learn more about Moodle at www.moodle.org.

The Moodle login instructions will be sent the Friday before the start date. The course site will remain open one week after the end date for students to complete any assignments and submit the course evaluation survey.


Continuing Education Credit - A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion of a course.
Although this course is not CEU-certified, many licensing boards will accept it for credit. Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certification and continuing education credits. The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district. If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility. Some states will review your certificate of completion and course description to determine eligibility.


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Jessica Hughes at jhughes@ala.org.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!