Project management is an essential skill set to achieve specific objectives, whether you are overseeing or participating in an initiative. Project management knowledge even applies to everyday work life, as we are often constrained to a finite timeline and budget and must work within teams. Entrenching a project management mindset as a team is important in achieving and maintaining strategic goals set forth by your organization. In this 2-part workshop, we will go over the foundations of project management and offer insights on managing the interpersonal dynamics and organizational culture that influences the effectiveness of any work we do. The examples and exercise will be based on various library projects undertaken in cultural heritage organizations.
By the end of this class, students will be able to:
Understand the basic processes and the lifecycle of project management
Create and follow a work plan with realistic timeline and budget
Manage personnel and team dynamics
Work within institutional constraints and guidelines
Engage the key stakeholders and manage expectations
Implement an effective communication strategy
Instructor: Oya Y. Rieger
Oya Y. Rieger is a senior strategist on Ithaka S+R’s Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums team. She spearheads projects that reexamine the curation and preservation missions of cultural heritage organizations and explore sustainability models for open scholarship. Prior to joining Ithaka S+R, Rieger served as Associate University Librarian at Cornell University Library overseeing digital scholarship, preservation, collection development and scholarly publishing programs. As digital preservation has been a central point of her 25-year career, she has contributed to a range of international initiatives to design, develop, and assess digital preservation initiatives and training programs. Rieger is also an experienced project manager both in practice and in training and holds a Project Management Institute professional certification and was part of a team that offered a project management series at Cornell. With a B.A in Economics (Middle East Technical University, Turkey), she holds an M.S. in Public Administration (University of Oklahoma, US), an M.S. in Information Systems (Columbia University, US), and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (Cornell University, US).