LIBR 282-02
Seminar in Library Management
Topic: Project Management
Fall 2014 Greensheet

Dr. Michelle Chen
Office Hours: Virtually, by appointment via e-mail or Blackboard IM. Blackboard Collaborate optional drop-in office hours will also be held as needed. More details TBA on the Canvas course website.

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Canvas Information:  This course will be available beginning Monday, August 25th, 12AM PST. You will be enrolled into the site automatically.

Course Description

Application of management theory to specific problems. Readings and discussions of the development of effective strategies for planning and implementing organizational change. Specific content of the course changes each time it is offered. Examples of topics studied include: Advocacy, Conflict Management, Digital Assets Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Project Management, Leadership, Managing Information Technology, Grant Writing.

This section focuses on project management. Whether you plan to manage websites, design K-12 instructions, organize services in a library, develop systems, or lead an information center, you will likely find yourself needing to work with time and budget constraints. However, many projects fail to deliver on time and within budget, and often poor project management is to blame (Wysocki 2011). Therefore, learning how to avoid the pitfalls and manage your projects successfully is important for future professionals, no matter what your career goals.

In this course, we will discuss time and project management strategies in various organizational settings, specifically with a focus on libraries. Topics include project management roles and environment, the project life cycle, the major project management techniques including traditional and agile, monitoring time and projects, project management approaches and tools, and how to control and evaluate these approaches effectively to achieve better outcomes strategically.

Students will be expected to participate in class, join case discussions, and work on assignments and projects. Upon completing this course, students will be able to learn practical project management concepts, tools and skills and become a more competent information professional. 

Course Requirements


  • Participation and Discussions (15%, supports SLO#1SLO#3SLO#4, SLO#5)
    Students are required to actively participate in class, make thoughtful contributions to class discussions, and complete activities as posted on the course website. Students will be evaluated for the involvement in and intellectual contribution to the collaborative learning environment.
  • Homework Assignments and Case Studies (60%, supports SLO#1SLO#2SLO#3SLO#4)
    Five individual assignments will be given throughout the semester to help students review and reinforce what they have learned in class. Assignments contain a mixture of written essays, short answers, and case/article studies.
  • Semester Project (25%, supports SLO#5)
    Students are expected to work in groups on a project in which project management skills and concepts will be demonstrated. The deliverable includes a milestone mini report (5%), an asynchronous presentation via Collaborate in the final class week (10%), and a final project report (10%). Students will have two options (more details TBA on Canvas):
    • Choose a project management pitfall from their real-life experience and relate what we learned in class. Study and present what project management skills can be used to improve the tasks.
    • Use the project I provide with where the project planning elements and problems are explicit and clearly defined. Study and present what project management skills can be used to improve the tasks. 

Course Calendar (subject to change with fair notice)

Date Topic and Due Dates
Week 1
Aug 25-31
Introduction to Project Management
Week 2
Sep 1-7 
The Project Management Process Groups
Week 3
Sep 8-14
Traditional vs. Agile Project Management
Assignment #1 Due Sep 14
Discussion #1 Due Sep 14
Week 4
Sep 15-21
Project Planning (Part I)
Week 5
Sep 22-28
Project Planning (Part II)
Assignment #2 Due Sep 28 
Week 6
Sep 29 - Oct 5
HBR Case Study:
"American Constructors Inc.: World Outreach Expansion Project"
Week 7
Oct 6-12
Monitoring Time and Projects
Assignment #3 Due Oct 12
Discussion #2 Due Oct 12 
Week 8
Oct 13-19
Management Strategies
Project Mini Report Due Oct 19 
Week 9
Oct 20-26
Research Paper Study:
"How Do We Manage? Project Management in Libraries: An Investigation"
Week 10
Oct 27 - Nov 2
Risk Management
Assignment #4 Due Nov 2
Week 11
Nov 3-9
Using Technology
Week 12
Nov 10-16
Staff-Level Project Management
Discussion #3 Due Nov 16 
Week 13
Nov 17-23
Research Paper Study:
"Project Portfolio Management for Academic Libraries: A Gentle Introduction"
Assignment #5 Due Nov 23
Week 14
Nov 24-30
Thanksgiving Break
Week 15
Dec 1-7
Course Wrap-up
Week 16
Dec 8-10
Final Presentation and Report Due Dec 10


Deliverable Points (Total = 100)
Participation and Discussions (15%) Discussion #1: 5
Discussion #2: 5
Discussion #3: 5 
Homework Assignments and Case/Paper Studies (60%) Assignment #1: 12
Assignment #2: 12
Assignment #3: 12
Assignment #4: 12
Assignment #5: 12 
Semester Project (25%) Mini Report: 5
Final Presentation: 10
Final Report: 10

All assignments must be submitted by midnight (Pacific Time) on the day the assignment is due. Late assignments will be reduced by 20% of point value per day late. Please contact Dr. Chen if a medical or a family/personal emergency prevents you from submitting an assignment on time.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 200, LIBR 204

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify project management roles and environment.
  2. Describe the project life cycle.
  3. Use major project management techniques including traditional, agile, and extreme.
  4. Control and evaluate project management approaches effectively to achieve better outcomes strategically.
  5. Apply project management concepts to library and information practices.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 282 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  2. N Evaluate programs and services based on measurable criteria.


Required Textbooks:

  • Smallwood, C., Fraser, L., & Kuhl, J. (Eds.). (2013). Time and project management strategies for librarians. Scarecrow Press. Available through Amazon: 0810890526arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

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