Project Management in Libraries, Archives and Museums - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843345664, 9781780630526

Project Management in Libraries, Archives and Museums

1st Edition

Working with Government and Other External Partners

Authors: Julie Carpenter
eBook ISBN: 9781780630526
Paperback ISBN: 9781843345664
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 10th December 2010
Page Count: 226
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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 managin


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


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This book is concise, to the point, and focused directly on understandable terminology and appropriate charts and figures., Collection Building
Provides a detailed roadmap for novices of project management in information organizations, especially managers and administrators, with step-by-step instructions and numerous illustrations and figures., Collection Building

Ratings and Reviews

About the Authors

Julie Carpenter Author

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