Project Management in Libraries, Archives and Museums

Project Management in Libraries, Archives and Museums

Working with Government and Other External Partners

1st Edition - December 10, 2010

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  • Author: Julie Carpenter
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630526

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Aimed at practitioners and managers, this practical handbook provides a source of guidance on project management techniques for the academic and cultural heritage sectors, focusing on managing projects involving public sector and other external partners. Issues under consideration and illustration include: different approaches to managing projects and how to select appropriate methods; using project management tools and other applications in project development and implementation; ensuring the sustainability of project outcomes and transferability into practice; realistic monitoring methodologies and specification and commissioning evaluation work that has real value.

Key Features

  • Written by an experienced project manager, it addresses project management realities rather than theory
  • Deconstructs the traditional ‘project cycle’ model to address different project approaches
  • Takes into account the government and local government context, especially operational procedures and accountability


Managerial and supervisory levels within academic and other libraries, museums and archives

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables


    List of abbreviations and acronyms

    About the author

    Chapter 1: What does project management mean?


    What is a project?

    Kinds of projects

    Project or programme

    The project lifecycle approach to project management


    Why project management – why projects fail

    Project management role and responsibilities

    Projects management in libraries, museums and archives

    What does this book do?

    Chapter 2: Project planning and review


    Project initiation

    Revisiting the project plan

    Project planning activities

    The business case

    Monitoring the project plan

    Monitoring assumptions and risks

    Chapter 3: Working in project partnerships


    Local government and other partnership policies

    Benefits of working in partnership

    Building partnerships

    Partnership roles and tasks

    Governance and management structures

    Governance challenges

    Project partnership governance structures

    Partnership management challenges

    Working across different cultures and sectors

    Chapter 4: Risk management


    What does risk management involve?

    Elements of risk management

    Management and institutional attitudes to risk

    Initial risk identification and analysis

    Techniques for assessing risk

    Risk categories and factors

    Legal issues

    Risk tolerance and risk thresholds

    The risk log

    The risk profile

    Suitable responses to risk

    Risk responsibilities

    Chapter 5: Managing human resources within a project


    Orchestrating decisions

    Knowledge, skills and attitudes required by project managers

    Contextual issues in managing the project’s human resources

    The project team

    Team building

    Internal and external dynamics

    Interface management

    Team communication

    Team motivation

    Chapter 6: Managing other project resources



    Monitoring project progress

    Time management


    Subcontractors and suppliers

    Chapter 7: Evaluation and review


    Planning evaluations

    General principles for evaluation

    What type of evaluation?

    Review or evaluation

    Who will carry out the evaluation?

    Designing the evaluation

    Evaluation approaches

    Evaluation research methods

    Managing the evaluation process

    Chapter 8: Quality management in projects


    Quality management systems

    Challenges associated with project quality management

    Project quality or deliverable quality?

    Managing quality and quality assurance

    Essential components of quality management within projects

    Quality planning

    Quality control

    Acceptance testing, piloting and evaluating

    Chapter 9: Sustainability of projects


    Sustainability aspects

    Sustainability and quality

    Sustainability and equity

    Planning for sustainability

    Revenue generation


    Chapter 10: Using information and communication technology in project management


    Project management applications

    The task-oriented approach to choosing ICT tools

    Challenges for the project manager

    Useful resources

    Glossary of project management terms


Product details

  • No. of pages: 226
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: December 10, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630526

About the Author

Julie Carpenter

Julie Carpenter is Director and Lead Consultant of Education for Change Ltd (EfC). She is a qualified librarian and joined the British Council, working to improve the Council’s own library and information services. She led the British Council’s policy and strategic inputs on book and information provision in education projects funded by the World Bank. She has been a consultant since 1990 and was successful in developing and managing research projects under the European Union’s early R&D Framework Programmes. She has led and managed research and consulting projects in the UK for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the Higher Education Funding Councils, and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). From 2004 – 2006 she directed the summative evaluation of the UK Big Lottery Fund’s ICT Content for Learning Programmes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Education for Change Ltd, UK

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