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Project management in libraries is not just about managing a project to completion. It’s about teams collaborating to identify work, solve problems, and share in a learning environment. As Edmondson states in their book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth (2019):
“Today’s employees, at all levels, spend 50% more time collaborating than they did 20 years ago. Hiring talented individuals is not enough. They have to be able to work well together.”

Collaboration and teamwork are necessary skills for the work we do as librarians. However, not all teams work well together. So what matters for a team to be successful? We will discuss some insights from the book, The Fearless Organization, and discuss what has worked in our own professional work.

Each project management open office hour will provide a short overview of a specific concept, method, skill, or technique that can be applied to a variety of projects followed by time for an interactive discussion of current work. These open office hours are designed to be a space for learning opportunities, community discussion, and sharing of ideas and practices in how to manage any library project. You can join at any time during the hour, but registration is required.

Minitex Conversations are an opportunity to meet with Minitex staff on an informal basis to ask questions, learn more about a particular topic, and connect with others.


Staff contact
Carla Pfahl

Outreach & Instruction Librarian, AskMN Coordinator