Borrowed from Business: Using Corporate Strategies to Manage Library Projects

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To provide a primer on the major project management protocols and examples of how these protocols have been used to manage library projects.

The chapter presents a broad review of the literature on project management in general, and as it has been applied in library settings, including brief histories of each major methodology, its development, component elements, and examples of its use in libraries.


Many of the major project management protocols, such as Six Sigma, Agile, Lean, Scrum, and Waterfall, have been used successfully in library settings across a broad range of areas and project types.


As libraries continue to innovate and expand their services, the management of complex projects and processes has become commonplace. This chapter will serve as a primer on the major project management protocols, highlighting the ways in which they can be used in libraries, and to which types of library projects they have been successfully applied.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProject Management in the Library Workplace
EditorsAlice Daugherty, Samantha Schmehl Hines
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78754-836-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-78754-837-4
StatePublished - Apr 26 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Library Administration and Organization
ISSN (Print)0732-0671


  • Agile
  • Business administration
  • Lean
  • Project management
  • Quality control
  • Resource planning
  • Risk management
  • Scrum
  • Six Sigma
  • Waterfall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration
  • Library and Information Sciences


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