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Library project management in a collaborative web-based working environment

Stanley, Tracey, Norton, Frances and Dickson, Barry (2003) Library project management in a collaborative web-based working environment. New Review of Academic Librarianship. pp. 70-83. ISSN 1361-4533


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This paper discusses the emerging paradigm of project management performed in a web-based working environment. It highlights how project management and its associated features are strongly linked to fulfilling quality and value criteria for customers, and it examines how collaborative working environments can greatly reduce the administrative burden of managing large projects, especially and almost paradoxically, when resources are limited. Specifically, the paper examines the application of a project management methodology (PRINCE2) together with the use of a collaborative web-based working environment over a number of pilot projects at Leeds University Library. It describes the pilot phase of a library management decision to run a series of major Library projects using project management methodology, while continuing to run other projects through the existing locally developed planning mechanisms and describes the pitfalls of these latter alternatives, less sophisticated project management tools, and describes the main issues that this change in practice has brought to light. It draws preliminary conclusions about the effectiveness of this change in practice in one of the UK’s largest academic libraries.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Academic Services (Leeds) > Library (Leeds)
Depositing User: Tracey Stanley
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2004
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 04:15
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/13614530410001692040
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/80

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