Assessment, Evaluation & Planning

  • Engage Your Community when Planning for Change

    Your role in your public library elevates you to a community leader and change agent. No matter your formal title or the size of your library, you have the opportunity to meet and evolve with your communities' changing needs. As a central learning an...

  • Logic, Data and Planning: Takeaways from RIPL

    When I learned that I had the opportunity to attend the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL), I was excited to spend a long weekend learning about data collection, analysis and visualization. I currently work as the Business Librarian for L...

  • Quantifying the Impact of Business Services Using Project Outcome

    Serving as the Business Librarian for Loveland Public Library is extremely rewarding. My clients are typically entrepreneurs or new business owners, so they wear many hats and face new issues on a weekly basis. To understand these challenges, I meet ...

  • Know Thy Community: Tips for Rural Library Directors

    If the recent webinar Beyond the Job Description: Ten Practical Tips for the Rural Library Director could be summed up in one sentence, it might just be: "Make sure you know your community and that your community knows you."

    Jennifer...

  • Getting Feedback with Patron Surveys: West Custer County Library

    Checking in with patrons is important, whether to measure awareness, satisfaction, or to get input before small or big changes. However, many factors can keep libraries from obtaining that feedback—lack of staff time or experience, for example. <...

  • IMLS FY 2013 Public Libraries Survey Reveals Increase in Participation

    This week the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the report Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2013, which found shifts in Americans' interaction with public library materials, programs and services. <...

  • Make New Ideas Routine: Purposeful Innovation Webinar Recap

    This week Christa Werle, Public Services Project Manager, Sno-Isle Libraries (WA), presented the enlightening webinar Purposeful Innovation: Idea Management for Libraries. Werle outlined the need for building a collaborative, transparent framework to...

  • Re-Envisioning Public Libraries: Action Guide Now Available

    The Aspen Institute has released an Action Guide for libraries to accompany the 2014 report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries. In a recent Infopeople webinar, Susan Hildreth an Aspen Fellow, shared highlights from the report a...

  • A Challenge from OpenIDEO

    We've been following the work of IDEO, and more specifically OpenIDEO, and are very excited to share with you, their latest Challenge. We 've submitted a 'Contribution' to the Challenge and invite you to take a look at what we've prov...

  • Off to the Right Start: Planning for Projects Large and Small

    When inspiration strikes and you have the seed of an idea for a new project, it can be exciting as well as daunting.How can you get others on board with your idea, and what will make your project more likely to succeed? A recent webinar series boiled...