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Librarians as Project Managers: The Internal Service of Library Project Management

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Librarians as Project Managers: The Internal Service of Library Project Management

  1. 1. Librarians as Project Managers The Internal Service of Library Project Management Rebecca Miksch, IT Initiatives Librarian NCSU Libraries October 2018
  2. 2. Do More with Less!
  3. 3. NCSU Libraries - A Case Study
  4. 4. Projects in the Libraries ● Departments ● Committees ● Fellowships ● Grant-Funded Positions IT Initiatives Librarian
  5. 5. About Me ● MSLS from UNC ● Started at NCSU: September 2016 ● 10 years in the private sector leading projects ● PMP
  6. 6. Early Success
  7. 7. Growing Project Management
  8. 8. Training
  9. 9. Project Management Team Purpose: The Project Management Team facilitates library- wide project management activities and provides focused assistance for key initiatives when appropriate. The team enables project-related communication between departments and administration.
  10. 10. Project Management Inventory ● Project “name” ● Goals ● Description & reason ● Lead ● Team members ● Cost ● Start/End Dates ● Effort ● Priority ● Roadblocks ● 143 total projects submitted ○ 22 from IT ○ 14 from User Experience ○ Only 12 projects submitted by multiple departments ● 5 people associated with 11+ projects ● Most projects were medium effort with high priority
  11. 11. Issues & Next Steps ● Planning ● Consistency ● Understanding & awareness ● Prioritization ● More consultations ● Further training ● Improved documentation
  12. 12. Project Management & You
  13. 13. What project-related challenges have you experienced?
  14. 14. Grow, Evolve, Lead
  15. 15. Questions?

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