F1: Deep Dive - "Don't Assume the Peanut Butter Is in the Pantry!": Demystifying Project Management

Time: 8:30am - 11:45am
Location: 608-609

(Please note: This deep dive session is scheduled for 3.25 hours and runs across both the 'F and 'G' time slots.)

Project management does not have to be intimidating. It is a long-recognized discipline that promotes a structured approach to planning and successfully completing projects. The tools and skills necessary to be a successful project manager, once mastered, are applicable to any situation. Using an evolving hypothetical project that actively engages the participants, this program will explain, instruct, and guide participants through the process of identifying a project, defining its scope, designing an implementation plan, and executing that plan. The growing demand to effectively deliver legal services, library services, and legal education has created a need for law librarians to become successful project managers. At the program's conclusion, participants will have a set of tools and skills that will enable them to successfully design and manage projects in any environment.

This program is a hands-on workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring a project or idea to use as a basis for discussion and group work.

Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to explain and apply the underlying principles of project management, and be prepared to define the scope of a project, as well as design and execute an implementation plan.

Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to articulate the characteristics of a successful project manager.

Takeaway 3: Participants will be prepared to assess at least three low-cost alternatives to expensive project management technology.

Who should attend: Individuals charged with completing a complex, short- or long-term project

Track(s): Library Management, Information Technology, Reference, Research and Client Services

Catherine Lemmer (Coordinator & Speaker)

Catherine Lemmer supervises the public services division of the law library as Head of Information Services at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She teaches legal research in the first year research and writing classes and in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program - American Law for Foreign Lawyers. She is a teacher and co-creator of the required for-credit online legal research class for second year J.D. students and has designed research instruction for specific law school courses.

Professor Lemmer serves as a faculty research liaison and provides general reference and research support services to faculty and students. She developed and coordinates the library faculty research assistant program and provides research support for international law projects. She also serves as the liaison to the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review and as the faculty advisor to the Master of Laws student organization.

She is the incoming editor of AALL Spectrum and serves as co-editor of the law school’s Legal Scholarship Network: Legal Studies Research Paper Series (SSRN). She has presented at regional, state, and national library conferences and is a member of a number of legal and librarian professional organizations.

Professor Lemmer is active in numerous professional committees at the university, state, and national level dedicated to library research and scholarship, library leadership, and continuing legal education. She is the current and inaugural chair of the Indiana State Library Professional Development Committee and serves on the AALL Academic Law Libraries SIS Continuing Education Committee and AALL Academic Law Libraries SIS Research and Scholarship Committee.

Prior to her appointment to the law library faculty, she was the Project Manager for Evergreen Indiana, a 100-member library consortium. In this position, she was responsible for implementing a state-wide open source integrated library system initiative in partnership with the Indiana State Library. She was also a partner with the Chicago law firm of Vedder Price P.C., specializing in corporate and financial institutions law, and has held management positions in a public library.

She is a fellow of the Summer 2012 Harvard University Graduate School Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, and Beta Phi Mu.

Michael J. Robak (Speaker)
Douglas Southard (Speaker)
Topics: Programs, Programs and Workshops, Deep Dives