The ALA Core Project Management Interest Group (PMIG) is pleased to host three presentations on tools and tips for effective project management. The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2023, from 1:00-2:00 pm CT. The meeting is free to attend but registration is required. Please register here.
Demonstration of Trello
Trello is a Kanban style application that can be used to track project progress or personal to do’s. There is both a free and paid version. This demonstration will focus on the free option providing information on basic set up, ways to expand Trello, and examples of how the speaker has used it in her work and life.
Kelly Sattler, Project Manager for the Libraries’ Strategic Projects, Michigan State University Libraries
Scaffolding Your Projects with a Project Plan Template
As an IT Department Head for the past seven years, Liz Steyer has managed dozens of IT and Systems projects. During that time, she developed a project plan template with the goal of creating a low barrier to project management. Regardless of your skills or your organization’s project management requirements, a project plan template can give you a huge leg up when approaching a new project. At this session, you will learn how to develop you own template, how to best implement it, and hear about Liz’s best practices for project planning and management. (Note: This session will relate to general project management and will not focus solely on technical projects.)
Liz Steyer, Associate Director, Information Technology & Digital Services, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Applying an Ad Agency Model to Library Projects
In this session, Jen will build upon her 15 years of experience as a marketing and advertising writer and explain how her first career has informed how she manages projects as a librarian. She’ll discuss the model that agencies use to create teams, develop shared understanding and expectations, build feedback into a project cycle, and work backward from project launch. By applying an agency model to library projects, team members feel empowered to use their strengths, scope creep is limited, and written documentation keeps everyone on track.
Jen Hunter, Head of Firestone General Service Operations, Princeton University