Taking It on the Run
by Dick Kaser
Sometimes, it’s not what we do, but how we do it that makes all the difference. With money tight as always and staff short as ever, it’s essential to work smarter, not harder. In this issue, we offer up some digital workflow solutions that can help you be more efficient and increase productivity.
Li Chen and Xueying Chen, from Kennesaw State University’s Library System, walk you through Trello, a web-based project management tool that helps you track progress, collaborate, and communicate with team members.
Rachel Evans, from the King Law Library at the University of Georgia, revisits a Japanese project management technique from the 1940s, but with a 21st-century twist. Her review of KanbanFlow shows you how the newly automated project management system can keep you focused on the things that matter most today without being distracted by what may be coming up tomorrow.
And our regular columnist Terence Huwe shares his strategy for making researchers more productive by talking up the benefits of using the digital collections you have worked so hard to assemble and create.
Speaking of digital collections, I am proud to feature the innovative digital library created by Theresa Embrey, from the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, and Andrew Bullen, from the Illinois State Library, to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I by celebrating its music. They not only digitized the museum’s collection of sheet music from the era, but they brought it back to life by synthesizing the melodies and offering the scores and the tracks online. It was 100 years ago this spring that the U.S. entered “the war to end all wars.” As we remember, let us also learn the lessons from the past.
Dick Kaser, Executive Editor