Project Management in Libraries: On Time, On Budget, On Target (2018)
Carly Wiggins Searcy
A recent study showed that only 53 percent of projects come in on budget and only 49 percent on schedule. So what does it take to be an on-budget, on-time finisher? Successful project management may seem like a quixotic pursuit, but it doesn’t have to be. Searcy, a certified Project Management Professional as well as a librarian, takes readers through mastering the key skills that will make it happen: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing. Applying project management principles in a library-project context, this book provides to-the-point guidance on
- running effective and productive meetings by using a checklist approach;
- treating people fairly while openly sharing information;
- ways to simplify workflows by choosing the most suitable software program;
- how to write a project charter;
- the agile concept of self-organizing teams;
- identifying risks and planning for the downside;
- managing scope creep by maintaining realistic expectations; and
- using a checklist to close projects so they stay closed.
Library staff at all levels will be feel confident planning and executing projects with Searcy’s expert tutelage at hand.