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ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

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New Orleans, LA

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An Inspirational Talk about Task Management and Team Motivation:

Managing large-scale digitization projects in academic environment with a blend of full-time and part-time staff and handling daily collaboration with project partners, advisory board and outsourcing vendors can be very stressful. Luckily, nowadays, there are free browser-based apps that sync with mobile apps and bring structure into the project mess. In this session, the panelist will share her 3+ years’ experience in successfully managing large-scale digitization projects with very rigid deadlines, limited human resources, multiple production lines and dozens of milestones along the way. To a great extent, the high productivity and the project success was due to the careful selection and advanced knowledge of user-friendly applications that allow granulation of tasks, setting deadlines, tracking progress, creating and managing checklists, assigning individual and/or group jobs to team members and simultaneous collaboration of all participants. Two project management tools will be on focus for this discussion -- Trello and Basecamp. The panelist will outline the advantages of using Trello over Basecamp from managerial perspective. She will discuss how Trello promotes high morale and inspires the team to crave collaboration. Additionally, some of the highly utilized features of Trello and Basecamp will be compared and contrasted. Lastly, the panelist will share her extensive experience with cloud-based Google products (Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms). Emphasis will be placed on how the proper use of these free tools increases productivity and brings team collaboration to the next level, which in turn will result in successful and efficient project management.


Team management; Project management tools; Project management


Library and Information Science

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