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Project Description:  Design and perform a thorough community needs assessment

Question/Problem Statement: What are the educational, vocational, and recreational needs of the entire population we serve? How great are these needs and their overall effect on the community as a whole? Are these needs being met through other means than the library?

Statement of why: With a thorough understanding of the community's needs, the library will be in a much better position to design a strategic plan. We need to identify how the library can support the educational, vocational, and life-enrichment goals of the individual members of our community. This will allow us then to also look at how we can partner with other institutions who target specific areas of need. Through the community needs assessment, we would also gain a better understanding of the community's needs as a whole and how we can work with other agencies to support economic development, resilience, and sustainability.
(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

Description - 
Look at how the library communicates value. Scan the community for changing needs and interests. Identify community priorities and communicate value within this context or framework. 

Questions - 
How is our community changing? What data is already available for gathering and analysis? 

Why - 
For planning, the library needs to understand the priorities of the people and governance that it serves. For reporting, the library will demonstrate it's value to the community and funders by pairing messaging to those needs and priorities.
Project Description: Carpenter-Carse Library would like to investigate future library use of a space within our building that is currently rented. 

Problem Statement: Will the library gain more in value by using the C Space room, rather than renting it?

Statement of Why: The library could expand it's collection and/or it's program attendance if this was a library-use space.
Hey all. I have about a million ongoing projects, but here's one that I'm currently (as in TODAY) working on:

1 - a brief description of your project
The Town of Clayton has a significant number of homeschool groups/families. Our goal is to gather as many as possible of these families together, find out what library materials and services they are currently using/enjoying, identify areas for improvement, and use that data to help with services planning, collection development, and scaffolding for future educational projects.

2 - your question/problem statement (what is the question that needs to be answered OR the problem that needs to be solved?)
My problem is that I have a population of homeschoolers that use the library, but I don't know what they want/like, and I don't know if we are meeting their needs. I also don't know what they could offer to each other and whether or not we're missing an opportunity to be a connector in the community.

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?)
We need to answer these questions/solve this problems for several reasons, listed below:
A) So that we can serve these patrons to the best of our ability
B) So that we can include the patrons in larger initiatives (Like the major library services and space needs assessment that we'll be doing this fall, thanks to the Institute of Library and Museum Services who has provided LSTA funding for this project through the State Library of North Carolina. Woop!)
C) So that we can help homeschoolers connect with each other and share resources wisely
D) So that we can use positive and negative feedback from this experience to inform future educational interactions with other groups (traditional school groups, preschool groups, etc.)
Project Description:
Create a survey to learn how AR public libraries who attended Coding with Kids: Fundamentals for Public Libraries training and received a Coding in a Box Kit are using the information and materials in their library programming. Survey will also gather demographic information on who attends library coding programming to align AR public library coding statistics with AR Dept of Ed Computer Science (CS) statistics for public schools.

Question/Problem Statement:
How are Arkansas public libraries incorporating Computer Science and Coding into library programming for youth?

Statement of Why:
With this information, Arkansas State Library will be able to report CS and Coding statistics for public libraries to show how the formal and informal learning environments align to bring CS to youth of our state
(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. Using data collection and analysis we will determine what programs to implement and fund that better serve our Kindergarten thru college age patrons.
2. How can I attract K-college age patrons to use the library? How can I evaluate, in a cost-effective manner, what programs can be implemented to better serve the needs of this age group? 
3. Of the total library patrons only 20% are not adults. Circulation for this age range accounts for only 18% of the total circulation. The library will be able to attract more patrons ages 5-22 to use the library. The goal being to therefore ensure adults patrons as these younger patrons age.
Description:
The North Liberty Community Library wants to evaluate the effectiveness of our Stork Storytime initiative and our Stork Storytime READS Librarian Toolkit.

Questions:
Have expecting families developed a regular reading routine before baby arrives? Are new families continuing their daily reading routine afterward? Do parents feel more confident as their child's first teacher? Does the toolkit help librarians deliver literacy at their libraries?

Why:
This is part of our library's strategic plan, kindergarten readiness statistics indicate kids are starting school not ready to learn, we want to grow the initiative (both in variety of programs and number of libraries participating).
Project Description:  Comprehensive community assessment to inform decisions and planning for an upcoming major renovation project.
 
Question/Problem Statement: What does our community need and want from the library?  (Question of how we can address these needs/wants through the renovation will be a question for another day.)
 
Statement of Why: Our community is very civically engaged and has supported the library by passing a tax levy to fund the renovation.  It’s essential that we listen to members’ voices and understand their needs and wants so we can plan the project to best serve the community.
Attached is my Evaluation project for Scotland Neck Memorial Library in Scotland Neck, N.C.   Our town is undergoing growth and changes currently under new town leadership and we thought this would be an opportune time to evaluate how our library can best serve our community during this time.
Film screenings account for 50% of adult programming at our Library. These films vary widely in content – art films, feature-length documentaries, short documentaries, and classic movies. These programs occur at various times during the week and weekend. Attendance at these screenings varies widely and covers a wide demographic with the exception of the mid-day brown bag which has a faithful following of seniors. We serve refreshments at all film screenings.

Question/Problem Statement: How many films are too many? Should film screenings account for 50% of our programming? If not, how do we evaluate which to continue and which to sunset? Would patrons rather attend more active programs?

Statement of Why: I would like to evaluate the impact of films versus the staff time and programming budget allotted for that particular flavor of programs. If we decreased film screening, we could free up staff time and programming dollars for new programs. The data from our evaluation of film screenings might guide us in planning content and timing for new programs.
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