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Project Description: 
Strategic Plan - asses current library programs to determine which are best.

Question/Problem Statement: 
Are there other types of data to collect other than headcount to aid in assessing programming?

Statement of Why: 
We need to look at all contributing factors of our programming in order to engage our communities with a greater impact.
Project Description: Measure progress toward strategic goals, specifically “Continuously improve upon our core services” and the Customer Experience component.

Question/Problem Statement: Are we providing transformational experiences for our users?
 
Statement of Why:
-       Part of library’s strategic plan
-       Importance of meeting community needs in terms of core services
-       Identify and measure impact of core library services
Project Description: We would like to assess the need for implementing or upgrading an ILS for our smaller public libraries in rural Alaska.

Question/Problem Statement: Do libraries without a basic ILS really not "need" an ILS, do they not "know" what an ILS could do for them, or do they feel that they do not have enough "resources" (expertise, money, people-power) to manage an ILS project?

Statement of Why: Answers will help guide the Alaska State Library for future grants, training, communications, and projects.
Please share the following information about your evaluation project:

1 - Identifying disparities in library staff wages, city/county ability to pay, and library staff retention.

2 - Once I provide library champions (boards, library directors, regional staff, etc.) with the salary survey tools and data. How can I collect the results of any wage increases from the local government funding bodies? Also how can we measure the change in attitudes as librarians seen as a department heads not as a vocational positions? 

3 - We need to ensure the library staff are provided at least the same benefits as other employees of the local government funding bodies. It is key as we are losing more and more MLIS graduates to the independent sector because library positions do not pay enough. We also want to retain those that are already in our libraries.

Attached is one of the reports I use which compares county income ranking to their appropriations. I have a additional salary survey data with all of our libraries positions, library levels, education, years of experience, etc.
Project Description:
Standards for staffing levels at all 10 public libraries in the Piedmont Region.
Question/Problem Statement:
What is the question that needs to be answered or the problem that needs be solved?
Library staff members are the most important resource we have. We need to attract them, keep them, and motivate them to develop professionally.
If staffing levels are too low, staff members can burn out…they have to always be “on” without off –desk time for professional development. A busy staff person is a happy staff person. So there is a balance between too much to do and not enough.
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?
We have libraries in the region that are staffed by their primary funding agencies. In six of our libraries, that funding agency is the city. City staff may run a city well, but they do not know the balance needed to have a busy, productive library staff without burnout. They do not take into account all of the “hidden” tasks and responsibilities of a public library worker. Great article…https://www.bustle.com/p/7-surprising-th...ks-9704556We will be able to give data to funding sources regarding the suggested number of staff hours per open hour. We’ll be able to keep staff members engaged, and avoid burnout.
Project Description:
SPL would like to look at eliminating Juvenile Fines and Fees.
Question/Problem Statement:
Fines and Fees can be a barrier to using library services, what type of financial impact would eliminating juvenile fines and fees have on library resources?
Statement of Why:
This information will help leadership make an informed decision about eliminating these types of fines and fees in addition to addressing inequities and racial disparities that are currently in place.
Project Description:
 
Although we have been digitizing materials by various means for over a decade, no real inquiry has been made into the most cost effective approach. We will compare the costs of in-house digitization to the costs of using a 3rd party vendor.
 
Question/Problem Statement:
What is the question that needs to be answered or the problem that needs be solved?

At what point (volume or type of material) does it become more cost-effective to use an outside vendor for digitization projects?
 
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?


The State of Arizona Research Library’s collections contain unique Arizona materials such as a historic newspaper collection and state government publications. The best mode of providing access to this material is through digitization. In-house digitization requires expensive equipment (scanners) and staff labor. Use of an outside vendor requires staff labor to work with vendors, arrange contracts, and prepare and ship materials. Answering this question will allow us to better plan digitization projects, and provide more digital content for our users.
1 Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is reviewing the impact of children's summer reading and learning in reaching our youngest patrons living in poverty.

2 Does our current children's summer reading program encourage reading and learning in the summer months that assist with minimizing the summer slide?

3 - Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is working with government and non-profit organizations on the Pathways 4 Prosperity initiative to minimize the impact of poverty in our community. Understanding how our summer reading program currently serves the children in our lowest socio-economic areas will determine how we move forward with encouraging reading and learning during the summer months.
Project:
DeMary Memorial Library is in the process of updating our strategic plan. For this project we will be doing a community assessment to determine the needs of our community and the perceived strengths and areas of improvement for our library.

Question:
What programs and/or resources can the library provide to better serve the needs and interests of our community?

Statement of Why:
Use of our library has changed over the last several years (lower circulation, higher program attendance), and the results of our assessment will help us determine the best use of our time and resources. It will allow us to plan more effective programs and provide materials that better suit the interests of our community members.
Hello Everyone-

1 - a brief description of your project-
     The Caldwell County Public Library needs to evaluate branch services. 
2 - your question/problem statement (what is the question that needs to be answered OR the problem that needs to be solved?)
     Should the county invest in a bookmobile vs. a brick and mortar facility. 
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?)
     Our lease at our Granite Falls location expires in 2020. The library will be able to better allocate limited resources to our other two locations and/or invest in a bookmobile.
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