Assessment, Evaluation & Planning

  • 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...

  • Great Ideas for Innovative Community Engagement

    A recent Huffington Post article tells of a Facebook experiment that spawned over 150 community-generated ideas on the future of Miami's libraries. Rebecca Fishman Lipsey and Francine Madera, in 100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A Ne...

  • IMLS Survey Report: Public Libraries in FY2012

    This week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the report for the Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2012, an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics....

  • Libraries are Development

    Around the globe, libraries are a force to be reckoned with. A recent webinar highlighted cutting-edge libraries in developing and transitioning countries that are empowering their communities to achieve local goals. Presenters Bill Cartwright, Presi...

  • Pew Research Center shows 7 Surprising Facts about Libraries

    On 30th June, the Pew Research Center published the results of their typology on Americans’ response to public libraries. With a nod to the ALA’s Annual Conference in La...

  • Pew Type-ifies Library Users with New Quiz

    Back in March, The Internet Project at Pew Research released the results from their library engagement poll, From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers-and beyond: A typology of public library engagement in America. This week Pew has released a suppleme...