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Project management in Library and Information Science programs: reflection and research

Currently, information professionals have to face to projects such as institutional repositories, exhibitions or social networks everyday. However, are we aware of the importance of taking this type of courses in the LIS curriculum? Definitely, it requires a major reflection due to the fact that user needs are constantly changing and students need to be familiar with this managerial technique. However, what is project management? Do we know what this concept means? In this line, I would like to start from the beginning.

According to Liz MacLachlan, “adopting a project management approach can help. Think of each task as a project – define your objectives, plan the timescale, allocate resources, monitor progress and evaluate what you have achieved” (Making project management work for you, p. IX). In this regard, project management requires planning, implementing and closing stages in which time, cost, risk and people managing are key elements. As a result, are we truly trained in this technique? Is it compulsory in all of the LIS programs? Have all of university departments of Library and Information Science built project management into their curriculum? What is more, may managerial courses have a positive effect on the programs quality inasmuch as they are addressed to the highest positions?

On the other hand, what is the information professionals’ opinion? Their professional experience can be significantly more interesting than we have ever thought. It is their daily routine and participation as project stakeholders that may help LIS students to acquire the core skills.

Based upon this reflection, this study aims at getting an overview of project management courses in the Library and Science programs, which means the use of technological information sources as well as contact by email. Additionally, information and opinions gathered from librarians will be included in the study. As a result, Heads of LIS departments will have a deep knowledge of skills required and how people are currently managing library projects.

 

 

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