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Storage Media - Management Skills

Q. How do I gain the skills I need to manage a project?

Preparing yourself for the role of running a project can involve many different things.  Because projects focused on pulling digital information form storage media involve a wide array of stakeholders and many different moving parts, having a solid foundation in project management is key.  In addition to the people skills inherent in project management, an institutional repository manager should have a firm grasp of the history and overall landscape of institutional repository development. 


Take action

  • Take some project management courses
  • Read up on project management principles


Read -- same as Digitization - What project management skills do I need? AND Building IRs - Preparing to be in Charge

  • Horine, Greg.  Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management. 2nd ed.  Indianapolis, IN: Que, 2009.
    You’ve just been handed your department's biggest project. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management will show you exactly where to start–and walk you step by step through your entire project! Expert project manager Gregory Horine shows you exactly what works and what doesn’t, drawing on the field’s proven best practices. Understand your role as a project manager...gain the skills and discover the personal qualities of great project managers...learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects effectively...manage deliverables, issues, changes, risks, quality, vendors, communications, and expectations...make the most of technology...manage virtual teams...avoid the problems that trip up new project managers! This new edition jumpstarts your project management expertise even faster, with all-new insights on Microsoft Project, challenging project situations and intriguing project management topics of the day.
  • Campbell, G. Michael.  Communications Skills for Project Managers.  New York: AMACOM, 2009.
    The number one factor in the success or failure of projects is the quality and consistency of communications.  If you’re a project manager, the bulk of this responsibility falls to you. In Communications Skills for Project Managers, Michael Campbell unlocks this critical component of project success, illustrating how to keep every project stakeholder in the loop every step of the way—from concept through delivery and beyond.  A veteran of countless projects on every conceivable scale, Campbell gives you the universal elements of all communications as they pertain to the specific demands of a project management environment.  And you’ll get a generous selection of powerful tools to help you.
  • Allan, Barbara.  Project Management: Tools and Techniques for Today's ILS Professional.  London: Facet, 2004.
    Offers in-depth guidance on project management for librarians working alone and for those working in large organizations.  Topics covered include project life cycle and analysis, planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination, finance, personnel, partnerships, and more.  Allan explores both paper-based and management software approaches to large and small scale project management.
  • Carpenter, Julie.  Project Management in Libraries, Archives and Museums: Working with Government and Other External Partners.  Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2011.
    Aimed at practitioners and managers, this practical handbook provides a source of guidance on project management techniques for the academic and cultural heritage sectors, focusing on managing projects involving public sector and other external partners.  Issues under consideration and illustration include: different approaches to managing projects and how to select appropriate methods; using project management tools and other applications in project development and implementation; ensuring the sustainability of project outcomes and transferability into practice; realistic monitoring methodologies and specifying and commissioning evaluation work that has real value.
  • JISC Digital Media.  "Project Management for a Digitisation Project."  Last updated November 14, 2008.
    This paper takes a look at the role and responsibilities of the digitisation project manager. It addresses common managerial challenges such balancing the expectations of stakeholders and ensuring the of quality of output. It is intended to be of use to the management team of time limited digitisation projects or to resource management staff planning to digitise their collection.


Last updated on 08/26/13, 9:19 pm by callee



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