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Project Portfolio Management for Academic Libraries: A Gentle Introduction

Project Portfolio Management for Academic Libraries: A Gentle Introduction | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

In highly dynamic, service-oriented environments like academic libraries, much staff time is spent on initiatives to implement new products and services to meet users’ evolving needs. Yet even in an environment where a sound project management process is applied, if we’re not properly planning, managing, and controlling the organization’s work in the aggregate, we will have difficulty achieving our strategic goals.

 

Project portfolio management provides a way to ensure that this project work supports the organization’s strategic vision, the active projects represent the highest priorities of the organization, and there are enough resources to accomplish all the project work at hand.

 

A project portfolio (or project registry) is a list or inventory of all the present and future projects of the department, organization, or institution being overseen. The goals of PPM are: to prioritize work (for strategic alignment); to manage resources (staff, money, time, and so forth); and to manage risk (of failure, cost overruns, and the like). Just as the goal of project management is to increase productivity and effectiveness at the project level, project portfolio management is designed to increase efficiency at the organizational level.

 

Download the article here: http://crl.acrl.org/content/73/4/379.full.pdf+html

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Libraries: championing digital information on campus

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The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) is working on a project to review the roles academic libraries are playing in developing the digital literacies within their own institutions, and across the information profession. Academic librarians have a long tradition of championing the effective use of information. The SCONUL project is designed to reveal how libraries and librarians are shaping their services to maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in a digital environment.

 

Alison Mackenzie explains how a new project is looking at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy...

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