Management: projects, people, and data

Not a manager by default.

I like projects and I like business. I think this pushes me towards management quite naturally. Though I am one of those people that doesn’t leap towards management positions with enthusiasm. I have not been lucky enough to run library projects for employment. My pure library project experience is sporadic, while my information management projects are constant. I am now actively seeking opportunities to manage bigger info projects and library specific projects if I can.

Boosting specific skillsets: management of LIBRARIES and MARKETING.

I take a lot of course. I happen to be taking courses on library management and marketing at the same time this month. One has provided me the opportunity to think about management of any project, of people, and the skills required to make decisions. The other is focused on data and reporting tools that really are marketing powerhouses. I have not considered myself a true marketer before though I have always valued the skills that it involves.

Marketing and outreach are core aspects of successful projects and enterprises. The combination of current classes has reinforced how critical it is to have buy-in that stems from real comprehension and to have data visualizations built into all reports to aid that comprehension. They also have reinforced the need to boost all my data skillsets and not just a few; from data acquisition to representation to informed decision making.

Projects in the non-profit context need more serious commitments to data comprehension and project focus than in the for-profit context (where hierarchies of reporting are more likely to be present). I believe this because of the types of stakeholder engagement that non-profits practice and how internal stakeholder development, empowerment, and capacity is often neglected in the “rough and ready” mindset that non-profits rely on for too long.