Assessment, Evaluation & Planning

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With patron and community needs always evolving and expanding, how do we know we're providing the right services? When funders ask questions we can't answer, how do we gather evidence of the library's importance? And how do we evaluate our services so that we plan for changing needs? Explore various resources for needs assessment, planning, and evaluation to inform decisions about facilities and services to serve community needs.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Columbus Metropolitan Responds to Hunger: Summer Meals and More

 News / Last Modified: 09 November 2017

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Library Needs and Responses to the Opioid Crisis: A Town Hall Summary

 News / Last Modified: 08 November 2017

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Opioid Crisis: Libraries, Resources, Context and Data

 News / Last Modified: 03 November 2017

Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them. We've begun to collect links to news, resource...

Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More

 News / Last Modified: 01 November 2017

Autumn is an excellent time of year to highlight ways libraries are fighting hunger in their communities, and October is a great month to start planning for summer lunch and learning programs. Below you’ll find a list of some resources for learning m...

Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses

 Webinar / Last Modified: 23 September 2017

WebJunction and PLA invites libraries and their community partners to join this virtual town hall discussion about current library needs and possible responses to the nation's opioid crisis.

IFLA's Global Vision: An Interactive Discussion

 Webinar / Last Modified: 24 August 2017

In this highly interactive webinar, join with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries to discuss the future of libraries as part of IFLA's Global Vision initiative.