webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date February 5, 2015
Hosted by: Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Length: 1 hour

This is Part 1 of a two-part webinar.

Join your colleagues from archives, libraries and museums for a two-part, interactive learning webinar that will introduce the fundamentals of project management: planning a project. All of our fields struggle with unstable budgets and dynamic technology, so learning to think and act in terms of projects is critical--it can be the difference between turning an idea into a successful, resourced initiative or not. Led by representatives from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the webinars will focus on the key elements of a project plan: the idea, the audiences, funding options, a work plan, an evaluation, and more. We will also discuss how to critically examine your project ideas, asking, Is it fundable? Valuable? Sustainable? And if not, what could you do differently? While learning these fundamentals, you will also benefit from the insights and experiences shared by your fellow participants from across archives, library, and museum institutions.

This first session describes how careful planning leads to more successful projects. We cover how to develop an idea, define your audience, look at funding options, do an environmental scan, assess your resource capacity and needs, and develop a project scope and schedule for implementation. Attendees were invited to use the two weeks between webinars to outline a project idea based on these key principles. Submitted project plans were reviewed by webinar moderators with individual feedback provided for each submission.

Presented by: Robert Horton and Sarah Fuller

See also part 2 in this series, Evaluating your Project Plan