Assessment, Evaluation & Planning
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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Webinar / Last Modified: 13 February 2018
In this webinar, learn how to generate a viable list of potential funders using the dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries.
News / Last Modified: 08 February 2018
In collaboration with the Public Library Association, WebJunction hosted the Opioid Crisis Town Hall: Library Needs and Responses, on September 12, 2017 (see Town Hall Summary). Three months following the event, we surveyed participants, asking them ...
News / Last Modified: 31 January 2018
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...
Webinar / Last Modified: 30 January 2018
This webinar will provide you with guidance on how to prepare your library to respond to the next disaster or crisis and to support community resiliency.
Webinar / Last Modified: 07 December 2017
This webinar, with libraries who have developed and used Community-Led approaches, will show how to involve your communities in library planning so that your library provides services relevant to underserved communities.
News / Last Modified: 06 December 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...
Webinar / Last Modified: 17 November 2017
This webinar presented in collaboration with Feeding America, provides strategies for libraries to partner with food banks to address community food insecurity.
News / Last Modified: 09 November 2017
As a library looks ahead to its busiest programming schedule of the year, why would it consider becoming a summer meal site? At Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), staff realized kids were hungry from the time they arrived at 9am until they left at ...
News / Last Modified: 08 November 2017
The opioid overdose and addiction crisis is crashing through American cities and towns. Opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, now kill 91 people each day and the number of opioid associated deaths have more than quadrupled since 1999.
Webinar / Last Modified: 16 October 2017
Part one in a three-part webinar series about Measures that Matter, a project from IMLS and COSLA, surveying the current state of public library data, assessing current strengths and weaknesses and formulating a plan for future action.