Project Management in Libraries: On Time, on Budget, on Target

ALA. 2018. 123p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780838917190. $54.99. PRO MEDIA
Unlike routine activities, which are ongoing and governed by established procedures, projects are short-term and designed to create a unique service or product. Searcy (government information librarian, McNeese State Univ.) describes the basic skills and five phases of timely, cost-effective project management: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing. The author refers to the same hypothetical project throughout, making it easier for readers to understand how these stages lead to a successful outcome. Searcy also provides guidance on choosing software packages. The clear, encouraging writing will instill confidence in readers, and a well-chosen bibliography adds to the work's value.
VERDICT A solid playbook for managers overseeing all types of projects. Those who have struggled with this skill in the past, as well as those new to it, will find this title invaluable.

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