Project Management

May 2004 | 208pp

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Project Management
Tools and techniques for today's ILS professional

Barbara Allan

Are you involved in project work such as implementing IT systems, setting up a website or conducting a customer survey? Or involved in work on local, regional, national or international projects? Do you find that you are working under a wide range of pressures, and need to develop new skills and ways of working in order to successfully manage your project as well as your main work role?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above you could use this book. It offers in-depth guidance on project management in LIS. It explores tried and tested methods and techniques for managing projects, including paper-based approaches and the use of project management software. The text is supported by practical case studies drawn from a wide range of LIS organizations at local, regional, national and international levels. These examples provide an insight into good practice for the practitioner, from an individual working in a voluntary organization on an extremely limited budget, to someone involved in an international project.

Contents include:

  • the context of library and information projects
  • the project manager
  • the project worker
  • the project life cycle
  • the money side of projects
  • the people side of projects
  • working with diverse project teams
  • management of change
  • disseminating good practice
  • using ICT to support the project
  • legal issues. 

Readership: If you are an LIS professional involved in project work of any kind, whether on a managerial, practical, academic or research level, this is an invaluable resource for you.


1. Introduction


2. The project life cycle and project analysis
3. Planning the project
4. Implementation
5. Evaluation and dissemination
6. The money side of projects
7. Using ICT to support the project


8. The people side of projects
9. Working in partnership
10. Working on projects
11. Project management skills and training
Appendix A. The language of funding
Appendix B. Resources.

"...this book is very welcome as it provides a practical approach to project management as a part of change management. Some management textbooks on project management are often very theoretical and it is difficult for the information professional to draw practical lessons from them, but Barbara Allan has managed to overcome this by producing a thorough and practical management tool, written by an experienced and obviously successful professional. It is essential reading for anyone working in the profession who will be involved in change at some stage in their working life – and that is basically every library and information service manager."
- New Library World

Professor Barbara Allan is Dean of Westminster Business School. Her background includes managing workplace and academic libraries. She has spent many years working in business schools where her focus is on enhancing learning, teaching and the student experience, and the internationalization agenda. She was awarded a National teaching Fellowship in 2008 from the Higher Education Academy. Barbara is the author of several Facet Publishing titles including: Project Management (2004), Blended Learning (2007) and The No-nonsense Guide to Training in Libraries (2013).

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