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Projecting success: effective project management in academic libraries

By Stephanie Atkins


Managing a major project in an academic library can be daunting in the best financial circumstances. However, in the current climate of diminished funding and increased competition, libraries will face the challenge of funding and staffing their initiatives with limited resources. Project management can assist libraries in achieving their projects on schedule and within budget. Best practices in project management are examined in the context of two major projects undertaken at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. The first project was the barcoding of three million in three months in preparation for the transition to a new automated library system. The other project is an on-going project to process and transfer 700,000 volumes from its existing collection to a new high density facility within two years

Topics: Library and Information Science
Publisher: Purdue University
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:docs.lib.purdue.edu:iatul-1664
Provided by: Purdue E-Pubs

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