Assessment, Evaluation & Planning

assessment

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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