Project Management in Libraries

Monday, 4/29/2024 - Monday, 5/27/2024

In this class, participants will review the skills and experiences needed to be exemplary project managers in a library organization. Interactive and dynamic activities such as discussions, reading assignments, and class exercises will accompany each week’s lectures. The four-part topical tour of project management will culminate with a final project based on project management principles. The course is self-paced.

Learning Outcomes

  • Issues facing new and existing managers who need to create project management plans.
  • The importance of project champions, administrators, and cross-departmental staff will be covered in depth.
  • Effective communication (written and verbal), training staff, managing cross departmental projects, delegating tasks, and being the middle manager. Leading literature will be uncovered, reviewed and discussed.

By the end of the course, participants will be prepared to assume both leadership roles and managerial roles, in relation to effective project management.

Benefits of Participating in eLearning from RUSA:

  • Learn directly from subject matter experts and gain essential skills for your professional growth
  • Your purchase helps fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals
  • You help support RUSA, which is a leading advocate group for library resources and information services and collections 

Who Should Attend

All library staff and professionals who are in managerial roles, those who aspire for these roles, or those who are forced into such roles.


Debra Lucas-Alfieri Retired with Distinction from her position as the Head of Reference, Interlibrary Loan, Public Services, and Information Analysis and Instruction, at D'Youville University in Buffalo, NY (2002-2020). Debra's research, practice, expertise is demonstrated in her book chapter, Project Management in Libraries: An Overview for Middle Managers, which appears in Middle Management in Academic and Public Libraries (2011). She authored Marketing the 21st Century Library: The Time is Now (2015), a librarians' textbook, published by Chandos, an imprint of Elsevier. She also published academic journal articles in Collaborative Librarianship, the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, the Journal of Lbrary and Information Science, and Library Leadership and Management. Additionally, she served as an editor for the Journal of Library Innovation. For fun, she crafted and published encyclopedia articles the Encyclopedia of Power, the Encyclopedia of Time, the Encyclopedia of Anthropology, and the 20th Century Encyclopedia of Pop Culture. Alongside clinicians, university faculty, and university students, she co- authored and published articles in the nursing and pharmaceutical fields.

Debra has been teaching online library science classes, seminars, and webinars for over a decade, working with national organization such as ۰̨ͼRUSA and Library Juice Academy. She has presented web-based symposiums for organizations in Florida and Montreal. Debra has vast experience and knowledge of the history of libraries and its’ mission, her research and philosophies are highly regarded, studied, and cited across the world. Through teaching and writing, she has impacted students and scholars across the globe.

Before she Retired with Distinction from D'Youville University, she was appointed Faculty Senate Parliamentarian and served from 2018 until she retired in 2022. During her tenure, she was awarded a Sabbatical and Faculty Research Grant in 2014, a Faculty Fellowship Award in 2015-2016, and a promotion to Full-Librarian Academic Rank in 2016. Her retirement created the synergy to collaborate with countless librarians who will then drive our profession and institution of libraries successfully and strategically into the future.




  • $129.50for RUSA members
  • $188.10for ۰̨ͼmembers
  • $209for non-۰̨ͼmembers
  • $141.08 for student members

How to Register

  • By Email:download, complete and email(PDF format) to
  • By Mail: download, complete and mail(PDF Format) to ۰̨ͼ, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601

Tech Requirements

۰̨ͼuses Moodle for all online educational courses. It is hosted atLearn more about Moodle at.

All content for this course will be provided by the instructor. No textbook required.

The Moodle login instructions will be sent the Friday before the start date. The course site will remain open one week after the end date for students to complete any assignments and submit the course evaluation survey.


Continuing Education Credit - A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion of a course.

Although this course is not CEU-certified, many licensing boards will accept it for credit. Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certification and continuing education credits. The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district. If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility. Some states will review your certificate of completion and course description to determine eligibility


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the course should be directed to Ninah Moore at nmoore@ala.org

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!