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Project Description:

The Parnell Memorial Library would like to expand early literacy programming offerings.  The Parnell Memorial Library currently offers a once weekly story time for all ages on a Wednesday morning.  This program is well attended by children ranging in age from newborn to five years old.

Question/Problem Statement:

What communities within and around the City of Montevallo are not being served by the weekly story time? What can the Parnell Memorial Library do to deliver appropriate early literacy programs to these communities?

Statement of Why:

The Parnell Memorial Library needs to become an integral part of the lives of children in and around Montevallo.  By identifying communities not currently attending our existing programming, we can develop better outreach services for early literacy programming.
Evaluation Project
Prison & Re-Entry Services
 
Project Description:
 
The Free Library of Philadelphia started a pilot for Prison & Re-Entry services, which was successful. In 2013, a Free Library staff member with prior experience in the state prison system expressed an interest in continuing to work with the prison population. Upon discovering that the Philadelphia Department of Prisons (PDP) was devoid of libraries, he began a pilot with the cooperation of PDP staffers at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF). He established a small-scale library in one of the wings of the prison with no budget, using weeded books from the Free Library’s collection.  Since 2013, the partnership with PDP has expanded and libraries have been established at Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF, the women’s unit) and Alternative and Special Detention, along with CFCF.  We offer returning citizens a library card and information packet containing background and contact information about organizations that provide GED services, healthcare, employment, legal services, housing, and library services, among other services.
 
Question/Problem Statement:
What is the question that needs to be answered or the problem that needs be solved?

As a library, we have become experts in collecting data on “typical” library services, but when it comes to prison and re-entry services, we are novices.  What are the best methods for us as a library to measure our desired outcomes like reduced recidivism, family literacy, social connectedness, and job readiness?
 
Statement of Why:
Why does the library need this answer/solution? What will the library be able to do after it has this answer/solution?

It helps us to further meet the goals of our strategic plan and prepare us as we seek to assess impact beyond outputs like attendance and customer satisfaction.

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Evaluation Project: South Carolina Public Libraries Survey

Project Description:

The South Carolina Public Libraries Survey (PLS) examines when, where, and how library services are changing to meet the needs of the public. These data, supplied annually by public libraries across the country, provide information that policymakers and practitioners can use to make informed decisions about the support and strategic management of libraries. The survey provides statistics on the status of public libraries in South Carolina and is added to the data collected from public libraries in the United States. The data content includes information about library visits, circulation, size of collections, public service hours, staffing, electronic resources, operating revenues and expenditures and number of service outlets.

Question/Problem Statement:

What is the question that needs to be answered or the problem that needs be solved?
While the majority of survey questions are standardized, each State Library may add additional questions to their survey. What are the most relevant and useful survey questions to add to the general survey, specific to our state’s public libraries?

Statement of Why:

Why does the library need this answer/solution? What will the library be able to do after it has this answer/solution?
To grow our understanding of SC public library’s needs, identify any anomalies, research current trends and successes, and compare each public library data from past surveys and with other state’s public libraries included in the project.
By analyzing these data, the SC State Library is able to best support the needs of our public libraries and communities.
(07-24-2018, 11:13 AM)AndreBracy Wrote: [ -> ]Evaluation Project
Prison & Re-Entry Services
 
Project Description:
 
The Free Library of Philadelphia started a pilot for Prison & Re-Entry services, which was successful.  In 2013, a Free Library staff member with prior experience in the state prison system expressed an interest in continuing to work with the prison population. Upon discovering that the Philadelphia Department of Prisons (PDP) was devoid of libraries, he began a pilot with the cooperation of PDP staffers at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF). He established a small-scale library in one of the wings of the prison with no budget, using weeded books from the Free Library’s collection.  Since 2013, the partnership with PDP has expanded and libraries have been established at Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF, the women’s unit) and Alternative and Special Detention, along with CFCF.  We offer returning citizens a library card and information packet containing background and contact information about organizations that provide GED services, healthcare, employment, legal services, housing, and library services, among other services.
 
Question/Problem Statement:
What is the question that needs to be answered or the problem that needs be solved?

As a library, we have become experts in collecting data on “typical” library services, but when it comes to prison and re-entry services, we are novices.  What are the best methods for us as a library to measure our desired outcomes like reduced recidivism, family literacy, social connectedness, and job readiness?
 
Statement of Why:
Why does the library need this answer/solution? What will the library be able to do after it has this answer/solution?

It helps us to further meet the goals of our strategic plan and prepare us as we seek to assess impact beyond outputs like attendance and customer satisfaction.

Andre,

The Stories Alive program is so cool! Well, the program as a whole is wonderful, but I love the idea of Stories Alive. It uses modern technology to address a number of age old problems!
Karen
Project Description:
In recent years, Wisconsin public libraries have seen a significant increase in turnover of public library directors, particularly in small and/or rural communities. The Public Library Development team would like to uncover reasons why this increase is taking place and to evaluate whether the New Public Library Director Boot Camp can help reduce the rate of turnover.

Question/Problem Statement:
The question is twofold:
a) Why are library directors leaving their jobs?
b) Does the training provided at the boot camp prepare library directors enough to reduce turnover rates?

Statement of Why: 
First, the library must know the cause of turnover. If a significant causative agent is lack of preparation, then the library should identify if the current boot camp training is sufficient or if changes in the curriculum need to be made.
(07-12-2018, 08:39 AM)LindaHofschire Wrote: [ -> ]Hello!

Please share the following information about your evaluation project:

1 - a brief description of your project
2 - your question/problem statement (what is the question that needs to be answered OR the problem that needs to be solved?)
3 - your why statement (why does the library need this answer/solution? What will the library be able to do after it has this answer/solution?)

Thanks!
Linda

Project Description:
Overdrive collection development
Question/Problem Statement:
What is the question that needs to be answered or the problem that needs be solved?
Digital collection development is hard! There are factors that inform the development of the physical collection – face-to-face interaction with readers, review-driven selection, low prices, resource sharing (aka interlibrary loan) – that are absent when it comes to the electronic collection. The variety in the publishers’ pricing and leasing models makes an already-challenging landscape even harder to navigate. How do we purchase the right titles to meet the desires of our patrons, without breaking the bank?
Statement of Why:
Why does the library need this answer/solution? What will the library be able to do after it has this answer/solution?
Once we hammer out a methodology for Overdrive purchases, we can be confident that we are getting the best return on the community’s investment in at least this part of our collections budget.
Project Description:  The libraries in Washington County have been offering what they perceive to be high level programming, but are not seeing members of the general public attend.
 
Question/Problem Statement: How/Where should the libraries advertise the program?  What types of programs might be more successful? 

Statement of Why: Once the libraries have a better understanding of where their communities are looking for local information they will be able to provide services to more residents.  In addition, by having a better grasp on subjects that their communities find significant, the libraries will be able to offer more relevant programming, which in turn will have better outcomes for everyone.
Who we are:  The Morristown Centennial Library in Morrisville,Vermont serves the communities of Morrisville and Elmore, with a combined population of 6,300, and is used by several neighboring communities in two counties.

Project Description:  While our overall usage and circulation statistics show upward trends, attendance at both youth and adult programs is declining, most noticeably over the past two summers. We want to learn what programs and services would be valuable to our patrons. Our goal is to offer meaningful and engaging events and useful functions so that our patrons will participate, and we will continue to build community rapport and earn our public's support.

Question/Problem Statement:  Why is program attendance declining in both Youth and Adult Services, and, within the scope of our budget, what new, relevant programs and services can we offer in order to increase patron participation?

Statement of Why: We need to offer programs and services which answer the needs of our public, because their needs are always evolving, and our long-term survival as an institution depends upon our community’s usage and support.  We will know that we have found the best course for our programming offerings when more patrons attend and participate.  The library will then be able to build further community rapport and garner support for its future endeavors. 
Project Description:
Our small, rural library in Moretown, VT is in the beginning stages of planning for a move down the street into our historic town hall. Rather than make assumptions about what the community wants from the library in our new space, we have embarked upon an assessment of needs of our community members and how the library might meet those needs. We hope to take feedback from in-person conversations, online surveys and focus groups, consolidate it and then both share it back out and use it to inform our design (both physical and terms of services) at the town hall.

Question/Problem Statement:
How can we gather meaningful input from the community and use it to inform our design, both physical and in terms of services, in our new space at the historic town hall?



Statement of Why:
Rather than assume what the community wants from the library, by going out, asking and listening we can create a space and services that meet the needs of our town. This, in turn engages more people and increases overall support and recognition of the value of the library in the community.

(07-12-2018, 08:39 AM)LindaHofschire Wrote: [ -> ]Hello!

Please share the following information about your evaluation project:

1 - a brief description of your project
2 - your question/problem statement (what is the question that needs to be answered OR the problem that needs to be solved?)
3 - your why statement (why does the library need this answer/solution? What will the library be able to do after it has this answer/solution?)

Thanks!
Linda

1. Everett Public Library will complete a community analysis
2. Who is the library not reaching? What services, resources, etc are most valued by our current customers, and what services, resources, etc are we missing? 
3. In 2019 the Library will create a new strategic plan in the midst of a multi-million dollar City deficit. The Library must accomplish more with fewer resources, and knowing how to maximally impact our community on a tighter budget will allow us to create a meaningful and outcome-driven strategic plan
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