I’m pleased to announce that my new book, Demystifying Archival Projects: Five Essentials for Success, is now available. Published by Lucidea Press, the book offers you and your team tactics to use in future assignments and continue your project management journey.
I wrote the book for archivists seeking to build an understanding of project management and to develop their skills as project managers and leaders—for the benefit of their archives and organizations as well as their own professional development and personal satisfaction.
Projects are integral to navigating a rapidly changing information environment. Archivists must maximize resources and minimize risks as they encounter the challenges of diminished funding, resource formats, diverse patron needs, and evolving technology platforms. Archivists who understand project management execute their work effectively under exigent conditions. Working smarter on projects enables archivists to meet whatever challenges we encounter in cultural heritage and memory institutions.
I offer many “Tips from the Trenches,” along with frameworks and templates for navigating the nuts and bolts of project management. Chapters are:
- Initiating Archival Projects
- Planning Archival Projects
- Executing Archival Projects
- Monitoring Archival Projects
- Closing Archival Projects
I hope this book will inspire you as you start on (or continue) your own archival project management journey, and that you find the book relevant, with practicable advice and insights drawn from my career as an archival professional and consultant. Print versions are available for purchase at Amazon.com, but for the moment you can get a free PDF copy in advance, courtesy of Lucidea, here.
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