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Demystifying Archival Projects: Five Essentials for Success will benefit archivists who lead or participate in projects without formal project management training. As work in archives continues to become more project-driven, educational and professional development opportunities for archivists have not kept pace. This book aims to provide the needed information—just enough project management methodology—to bridge that knowledge gap.


Every family collects a lifetime of personal papers and photographs that tell the stories of their loved ones. The caretakers of these precious holdings inherit boxes overflowing with memories but are puzzled on how to even start to maintain or preserve their heritage. This book simplifies the principles and practices of professional archivists and curators so that anyone with a passion for their personal and familial history can apply these techniques to their family treasures. Based on archival practice, the book offers step-by-step advice that is easy, efficient, and economical. After reading this book, you should have a better understanding of how to organize your irreplaceable documents and preserve your rich family histories for future generations.

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what reviewers Say

This book is written for novice archivists, but it does contain a wealth of information. People who are interested in protecting their family photos and documents, but don’t know where to start would love this book. It’s a fast, easy read that provides the “best practices” that they use in libraries and museums. The advice is practical, clear, and written without jargon. This is a truly wonderful resource for family historians, genealogists, local historians, and even people who are in charge of small historical societies. Highly recommended. --Amazon reviewer


Aimed at practitioners, this handbook imparts guidance on project management techniques in the cultural heritage sector. Information professionals often direct complex endeavors with limited project management training or resources. Project Management for Information Professionals demystifies the tools and processes essential to successful project management and advises on how to manage the interpersonal dynamics and organizational culture that influence the effectiveness of these methods. With this book, readers will gain the knowledge to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close projects.

What Reviewers say

Note is the consummate project manager, and it shows in her handbook of project management for information professionals. This book knows what it is, and what it is not; it remains true to its project scope. It achieves its objectives, and delivers what it promises to its readers. Novice project managers will keep it close at hand; more experienced project managers will consult it when they feel themselves becoming stuck and will look back at past projects with a sharper eye for what they might do better.  --Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS)


This book explores issues surrounding all aspects of visual collection management, taken from real-world experience in creating management systems and digitizing core content. Readers will gain the knowledge to manage the digitization process from beginning to end, assess and define the needs of their particular project, and evaluate digitization options. Additionally, they will select strategies which best meet current and future needs, acquire the knowledge to select the best images for digitization, and understand the legal issues surrounding digitization of visual collections.

What Reviewers say

Note's strengths are in providing framework for conceptualizing collections and identifying best practices her insight into decontextualized photographs and collection appraisal are particularly good. She prepares the reader to approach project planning equipped to make decisions about objectives, staffing, costs, and technology...Cited and referenced works were thoughtfully chosen and artfully applied. The appendices are quite useful...Note's 'Further Reading' list is well selected and would be a reliable resource for collection development in the area of photography. --Art Libraries Society of North America.