MARAC Workshops

MARAC Project Management

for Archival Processing Workshop


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Workshop Details


When:  Monday, October 3, 2016 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Maryland

Instructor:  Vincent Novara, University of Maryland                             

Cost:  $90

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Parking:  Parking will be paid for by the Library; there will be a code that will be sent to the attendees prior to the workshop.


Workshop description: 

This workshop focuses on introductory techniques and common tools for project management. Workshop participants will learn how to establish, define, plan, implement, and execute archival projects. Attention is given to strengthening prioritization skills and workflow planning as they pertain to processing projects executed by various levels of staffing, including the lone arranger. The workshop also addresses interpretive projects such as exhibitions and digital initiatives. Attendees will learn how to determine project goals and objectives, compose project objective statements, establish work breakdown structures, estimate project budgets, create project and communication plans, schedule and track tasks using Gantt Charts, and conduct a post-project evaluation. Throughout the workshop, standard project management terminology is applied to common archives tasks, and an overview is given of Earned Value Assessment.


About the Instructor: 

Vincent J. Novara is the Curator for Special Collections in Performing Arts at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland. Novara regularly uses project management tools in his day-to-day responsibilities while caring for 9,000+ linear feet of archival holdings, 150,000+ sound and video recordings, and managing a staff of nine. He was trained in project management through courses at UMD, privately by project managers in the military and oil industry, and in a MARAC workshop that focused on prioritizing for preservation. An ACA Certified Archivist, Novara has worked at UMD as a performing arts archivist since 1994. From 1999 through 2001, he was also the Smith Library’s project manager and transition leader for the construction and subsequent move into their new facility.


Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.


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