Works in Progress Webinar: Managing Archival Technical Services with Agile Software Development Methods at Ohio State University Libraries
In this presentation, library staff from Ohio State University Libraries will discuss how implementing Agile helped archival staff to improve productivity overall and increased opportunities for staff members to cross-train, develop skills, and lead projects.
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Webinar slides and links
Cohn, Intro to Scrum
Kanbanize, Kanban for Beginners
OSU Libraries Strategic Plan
OSU Libraries Current Initiatives
OSU Libraries ACE Project
Into the Scrum: Applying Agile Project Management to Archival Processing
Ballinger, Agile-ish: Bringing Agile and Scrum into Project Management for Digital Collections Metadata
Searcy, On Photography Backlogs
Shein et al., Agility in the Archives: Translating Agile Methods to Archival Project Management
Wilson, Something Borrowed, Something Gained: Use of Lean and Agile Techniques in Archival Processing
Morag Boyd, Acquisitions and Discovery Strategist, The Ohio State University Libraries
Cate Putirskis, Archival Description & Access Unit Lead, The Ohio State University Libraries
Russell Schelby, Lead, Application Development, The Ohio State University Libraries
The Ohio State University Libraries is working to efficiently make all legacy and newly-arriving archival collections discoverable online through standards-based description. Over the course of several archival software implementation projects with archival technical services staff, IT staff members observed that the challenges facing archival staff in prioritizing and managing work across project-based, maintenance, and ongoing production needs were similar to those found in software development. IT developers were successfully using Agile software development methods to meet their challenges, and suggested archival technical services staff implement the same solution.
In this presentation, we will explain how implementing Agile helped archival staff to improve productivity overall and increased opportunities for staff to cross-train, develop skills, and lead projects. Agile has proven to be a strong fit for the complex needs of managing continuously shifting work, priorities, and staffing. We will describe several conditions that might make for good use of this adoption in multiple units. We will also explore the additional benefits of building a stronger relationship between developers and archivists.
This webinar will be of interest to special collections and archives professionals, library IT and human resources and organizational development staff, as well as administrators with archives, special, and distinctive collections units in their portfolios.
Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series
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