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Thursday, July 13 • 9:30am - 11:00am
#w1 Project Management: Running Further Together

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In May 2016, the University of Kansas Libraries piloted Research Sprints: One Week, One Project, a new program aimed at cultivating relationships with faculty through deep project-based engagement. Modeled on programs such as the NEH-funded One Week | One Tool digital humanities workshop, our Research Sprints were designed as a week-long partnership with faculty members to complete a research or pedagogic project, in contrast to more typical one-time research consultations. Three faculty members, matched with a team of expert librarians and staff, worked intensively and without distractions for one week. All three teams succeeded in producing impressive digital deliverables, and all three faculty members reported that the week had exceeded their expectations. Critical to the success of the program was our use of project management methodologies and approaches, borrowing particularly from our experiences in the digital humanities. We created project management tools and templates to keep each team on track, assigned a project manager to each team, and organized regular check-ins with the project managers before and during the sprints. Given the compressed timeframe to complete each project, the project management tools were essential to identifying task dependencies, developing workflows for completing tasks, and documenting each team’s processes each day. Moreover, our employment of project management techniques added another layer of library expertise to each project, and helped solidify the team bond and library-faculty relationships we cultivated that week, relationships which have persisted long after the conclusion of the sprints. This workshop will provide an overview of our pilot program. Participants will learn about and work with the project management techniques, tools, and workflows we used; consider the benefits and challenges of implementing a research sprint model at their own institutions; and plan and discuss and their own projects. This workshop will be of interest to project managers, librarians, administrators, and others who are considering utilizing project management and collaborative, team-based methods to advance digital scholarship in the humanities.


Pamella Lach

Digital Humanities Librarian, San Diego State University
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Brian Rosenblum

Librarian, University of Kansas
Co-Director, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities

Thursday July 13, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Ullyot North Chemical Heritage Foundation

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