By Elena Azadbakht, MSI, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg.
Looking for a new way to manage projects or visualize your to-do list? Give Trello a try! Trello is a (mostly) free web-based project management tool based
on the Kanban method popularized by David J. Anderson. It works across several operating systems, browsers, and devices. (There’s even a Trello smartphone app.)
Prior to this summer, I managed my to-do list using a document within Google Drive. While this text-based method was simple and straightforward, I wasn’t really able
to visualize my various goals and tasks and the progress I was making towards accomplishing them. A colleague introduced me to Trello, and as it seemed to provide the
features that were missing from my Google Drive system.
Like any technology tool, Trello is not perfect. While the basic set of services is free, certain more “advanced” options are only available through a subscription.
Although you can edit, move, and archive lists and cards, you cannot delete them outright. I also haven’t found a great way to represent recurring tasks, like reference
shifts, on my Trello boards.
Overall, I’ve found Trello to be useful and user-friendly. I’ve used it to plan out a timeline for writing an article and to visualize the individual steps
I’ll need to take to complete a series of video tutorials. Trello could also help you manage collection development and outreach, including relationships with faculty.
(For an example, check out this humorous Harry Potter-themed board.) If you’re in the market for a new project management system, I hope you give Trello a try!
Elena Azadbakht is Health and Nursing Librarian at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. As a liaison librarian,
she does a mix of instruction, outreach, collection development, and reference work. Right now she’s really interested in website usability testing and instructional