Fundamentals of Project Management for Archivists

Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 
Tactical & Strategic

You’re involved in a variety of projects every day, from small projects such as developing a new procedures manual to large projects such as digitizing a collection. But because project management methodologies aren’t automatically included in formal education or many archival education programs, you’ll want to take advantage of this course to acquire the basic knowledge and tools necessary for managing successful projects.

Learning Outcomes: 
Describe the project life cycle from initiation to completion
Gain an understanding of how to utilize effective project management tools and techniques
Evaluate project outcomes and disseminate project information
Demonstrate how positive personnel management adds to a successful project
Who Should Attend?: 

This introductory course can be taken as a refresher course on project management. Project team members who want to become more active in—and achieve a better understanding of the workings of—individual projects are also welcome.

What You Should Already Know: 

A basic understanding of archives

A&D Core Competency: 
4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.
7. Risk Management: Analyze threats and implement measures to minimize ethical and institutional risks.
Most valuable aspect: "End of the workshop exercise! I'm not usually a big fan of group exercises to end workshops, but the exercise was very helpful. Performing a mini project plan really helped to coalesce what I had learned during the day."
“Great slides—the group work project at the end was especially meaningful.”
Most valuable aspect: "Understanding how the procedure works. I believe this process is going to become more common in my work life." — Christine Connolly
Most valuable aspect: "Learning how to create a timeline and deal with risks. Extremely applicable to any work environment." — Lindsay Whitacre
Most valuable aspect: “Final exercises! Good to have hands-on work.” — Ashley Enochs
Most valuable aspect: "Booklet of PowerPoint slides—taking notes, visual cues to remember points the instructor made." — Kristin Morris
Co-Sponsor Provides: 
  • Classroom: 6-foot tables with two chairs each or 8-foot tables with three chairs each
  • Table, chair, and lectern for instructor
  • Instructor workstation (a PC or laptop that has a USB port, runs standard MS Office software, and has PowerPoint)
  • LCD projector and replacement bulb for the LCD projector
  • Projection screen
  • Clicker for the PowerPoint slideshow, if possible
  • Lapel microphone
  • Post-It notes
  • A flipchart, easel, and markers for group discussion
  • Coffee/tea/water for morning break
  • Water/assorted soft drinks for afternoon break