Assessment, Evaluation & Planning: News

  • Turning Community Input into Workable Ideas

    In their community discovery process, the 15 libraries participating in the second round of Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces learned that community input is likely to lead to more questions than neat, complete answers. In sorting through the tangl...

  • Small Libraries Discover Their Communities

    The design thinking process begins with a deep investigation into a community’s values, needs, and interests before rushing to develop space and service transformations. Forging connections and starting conversations with your community are essential...

  • Create and Implement a Project Plan

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. You have now arrived at the point where all the preparation to collect community input ...

  • Discover Community Needs and Interests

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. If active learning seeks to involve community members to co-create and collaborate arou...

  • Find Community Collaborators and Partners

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. As you interact with many members of your community through a variety of discovery stra...

  • General Resources on Design Thinking and Transformation

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. The resources in this section are offered as more general resources on the topics, as w...

  • Test Ideas with Prototyping

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. After opening up the world of possibilities through creative ideation and brainstorming...

  • Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces

    Libraries have evolved over the past few years to augment their role in providing lifelong learning for their communities. They have shifted from passive to active engagement with community members. They are becoming hubs of collaborative learning, p...

  • Translate Community Needs and Expand Possibilities

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. You have gathered a lot of feedback and generated a lot of insights into your community...

  • Small and Rural Libraries in Tourism Economies: Part 2

    In part 2 of the series, Audrey Dingler, from Cape May County Library, and Noah Lenstra, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, explore how libraries assess community needs in relation to outdoor tourism and recreation economies, and ex...