Doing Library Impact Evaluation

Doing Library Impact Evaluation

This book is an accessible guide to the latest thinking on effective library impact evaluation for anyone who wants to gauge the impact of their services or projects on their service users for library advocacy and service development.

Author: David Streatfield

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ISBN: 1783304154

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Page: 240

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This book is an accessible guide to the latest thinking on effective library impact evaluation for anyone who wants to gauge the impact of their services or projects on their service users for library advocacy and service development. Although library impact evaluation is evolving, most of the literature focuses on the methods used and on the evaluation findings. There is a dearth of case studies focusing on the evaluation problems presented by libraries, how these problems are addressed and what lessons can be learnt in the process. This book fills that gap by presenting a series of case studies through which the authors draw on current impact evaluation thinking to address a variety of evaluation problems. Doing Library Evaluation complements the authors' earlier Facet Publishing book Evaluating the Impact of Your Library by showing how the impact evaluation model presented there has been applied to meet a variety of real evaluation challenges. The authors show how they have applied advances in thinking drawn from education and international development evaluation. They also show how progress in programme theory-based evaluation is helping to shape the world of library impact evaluation.
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Evaluating the Impact of Your Library

Evaluating the Impact of Your Library

Outlining a rigorously tested approach to library evaluation and offering practical tools and highly relevant examples, this book enables LIS managers to get to grips with the slippery concept of service impact and to address their own ...

Author: David Streatfield

Publisher: Facet Publishing

ISBN: 9781856048125

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 289

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Assessing impact is increasingly critical to the survival of services: managers now require comprehensive information about effectiveness, especially in relation to users. Outlining a rigorously tested approach to library evaluation and offering practical tools and highly relevant examples, this book enables LIS managers to get to grips with the slippery concept of service impact and to address their own impact questions in their planning. The 2nd edition is fully updated to include international approaches to qualitative library evaluation, new international research, and current debates on the evolving nature of evaluation, as well as reflections on the importance of involving stakeholders and of evaluation to guide advocacy. Key topics include: • The demand for evidence • Getting to grips with impact • The research base of this work • Putting the impact into planning • Getting things clear: objectives • Success criteria and impact indicators: how you know you are making a difference • Making things happen: activities and process indicators • Thinking about evidence • Gathering and interpreting evidence • Taking stock, setting targets and development planning • Doing national or international evaluation • Where do we go from here? Readership: Practising library and information service managers and policy makers in the field. LIS policy shapers and managers in public, education (schools, further and higher education), health and special libraries and information services working in any country or internationally and people engaged in professional education in the field such as lecturers or students.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries

Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries

The model draws on assumptions from the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Sense-Making Model. The paper discusses the current shortfalls of digital library impact evaluation and presents an alternative. Knowledge and attitude are put ...

Author: Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540875987

Category: Computers

Page: 476

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We aredelightedto presentthe proceedingsof the 12thEuropeanConferenceon Research and Advanced Technologies for Digital Libraries (ECDL 2008), which took placeSeptember 14-19,2008in Aarhus,Denmark. The conferencesfollowa traditionstarted in 1997on bringing researchersand practitionerstogether from astronginterdisciplinarycommunitywithonethingincommon,aresearchfocus on knowledge infrastructure. Since the ?rst conference in Pisa (1997) ECDL has been held in Heraklion (1998), Paris (1999), Lisbon (2000), Darmstadt (2001), Rome (2002), Trondheim (2003), Bath (2004), Vienna (2005), Alicante (2006) and Budapest (2007). In all, 98 papers and 27 posters/demos were submitted this year, which is fewerthanpastyears;however,thegeneralimpressionwasthattheywereofvery highquality.The submissionscovereda wide rangeoftopicsandweresubmitted from many countries re?ecting the standing and pro?le of this major European conference. All papers were subject to an in-depth peer-review process; three reviews per submission were produced by a Program Committee of 68 members from across the world. In total 38 paper submissions consisting of 28 full and 10 short papers were accepted at the ProgramCommittee meeting for presentation at the conference and publication in the proceedings with Springer, resulting in an acceptance ratio of 38%. A total of 28 submissions which were originally either poster, demo or paper submissions were accepted for poster and demo presentation and publication in the proceedings volume.
Categories: Computers

Public Library Governance

Public Library Governance

This flexibility is important when considering the governance of the impact evaluation strategy of the GL initiative. ... some countries do not produce national public library statistics 14 Measuring Performance and Evaluating Impact of ...

Author: Edward Abbott-Halpin

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110533323

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 389

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Major changes in public libraries throughout the world have led to an increased focus on governance issues. Forging successful futures for public libraries depends on effective governance. This book defines governance and examines its many facets in relation to public library provision internationally, differentiating governance from the policies, processes and practices of public libraries. The perspectives of leaders, practitioners, researchers, decision makers, and service users are presented, offering a variety of views from the past, the present and potential approaches in the future. Decision-making and the roles of decision makers involved in governance are explored. Prominent figures from the public library community throughout the world have contributed their knowledge and experience. Wicked problems facing the public library sector are identified and the varying approaches adopted internationally to deal with them are outlined. There are many practitioner and professional practice issues associated with provision of libraries and views on library usage and delivery vary according to user and practitioner standpoints. Globally diverse content provides directions for the future development of public libraries and for dealing with the emerging challenges facing the library world.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Personalising Library Services in Higher Education

Personalising Library Services in Higher Education

Why EvaluatE Impact? Over the past decade we have run a series of workshops for a total of more than 800 library service managers who were attempting to evaluate the impact of their services. In this chapter, 'we' refers to work done ...

Author: Elizabeth Tilley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317081852

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

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In an economic climate where cuts are becoming the norm, a boutique library service may seem a contradiction. In some academic libraries the trend is still towards centralisation programmes or offering generic services. However, the student as the customer now has an even greater vested interest in the learning process as their financial commitment increases and they are demanding better services. Personalised library services are tailored with a specific clientele in mind and will provide the enhanced service demanded by today's students. These services need not cost more money; but they do require inventive and customer-facing staff. They celebrate and promote collaborative ventures along with excellent communication and marketing. This book unpacks the boutique model and is full of practical advice, supported by a unique set of case studies reflecting international practice including Australian, American and Russian and UK library services.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Assessment as Information Practice

Assessment as Information Practice

87), impact assessment gained importance in the early 2000s, as libraries needed to “demonstrate their value to ... role in information practice today as organisations acknowledge that it is not only what they do do well or not so well, ...

Author: Gaby Haddow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000510515

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 168

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Assessment as Information Practice provides information about a range of collection and service-based assessment approaches that can be applied in different contexts to benefit institutions and the users they serve by enhancing quality, efficiency, and effectiveness. With contributions from practitioners and researchers in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the United States, the chapters discuss practical and theoretical aspects of assessment in collecting institutions. Each chapter focuses on specific assessment approaches or contexts while providing guidance on method and use. The chapters can be read alone or as a series to gain an appreciation of assessment approaches, including assessment-oriented research; storytelling; design thinking; data visualisation; mixed methods assessment for digital resources; data for institutional repository assessment; bibliometric methods; and impact assessment. Assessment as Information Practice serves as a resource for practitioners involved in assessment activities. Detailing the processes and considerations that will contribute to more effective and sustainable assessment programmes, the book is also relevant to faculty, researchers, and students working in the information sector.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Library Programs

Library Programs

Since libraries and schools are generally very hierarchical , people are used to being told what to do . ... There are , however , some other activities which might advance the impact evaluation of youth services programs : a 1 ) Create ...

Author: Betty J. Turock

Publisher:

ISBN: UCR:31210024865089

Category: Federal aid to libraries

Page: 118

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Categories: Federal aid to libraries

The Evaluation and Measurement of Library Services 2nd Edition

The Evaluation and Measurement of Library Services  2nd Edition

This international standard specifies methods and defines terms for identifying the impact or output assessment of libraries on ... projects. ment of materials in research reports, articles collection Do library users get better grades?

Author: Joseph R. Matthews

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440855375

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 446

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This guide provides library directors, managers, and administrators in all types of libraries with complete and up-to-date instructions on how to evaluate library services in order to improve them. • Helps librarians to thoroughly examine their libraries' services toward making improvements • Enables librarians to answer with authority the question "what difference do we make?" • Explains the most effective ways of conducting library measurement and evaluation, covering qualitative and quantitative tools, data analysis, and specific methodologies for measuring and assessing specific services • Offers a highly readable and clear treatment of a topic of paramount importance, but that librarians often find difficult
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Going Green Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World

Going Green  Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World

Libraries. and. Sustainability: Approaches. and. Methods. of. Evaluation. Within the broad corpus of sustainable ... tool led to the identification of three main approaches: – greening libraries and reducing their environmental impact; ...

Author: Petra Hauke

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110605990

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 244

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This publication examines aspects of reducing the ecological footprint in libraries’ workaday operations as well as the social role and responsibility of libraries as leaders in environmental sustainability. The theoretical background and practical applications of contributions made by worldwide libraries to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are discussed. General articles and research studies from Finland, Germany, Portugal, and Brazil illuminate libraries’ contributions to the SDGs. Case studies from Sweden, Kenya, Germany, Ukraine, China, and Serbia highlight challenges and opportunities in implementing sustainable approaches in public libraries. Examples of best practice from academic libraries in Hong Kong, Cameroon, Germany, Uganda, USA and Kenya, are presented. All papers published in this book are selected from the best papers of the ENSULIB Satellite Meeting 2017 in Berlin, the ENSULIB/Public Libraries Section’s Open Session at the IFLA Conference 2017 in Poland, and from the IFLA Green Library Award 2017. All articles are written in English.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Impact Evaluation in Practice

Impact Evaluation in Practice

Unless additional funds are allocated to the library program, a group of schools will remain that do not have funding for libraries through the program, and they can be used as a comparison group to measure the counterfactual. 2.

Author: Sebastian Martinez

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 9780821385418

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 266

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This handbook provide a non-technical introduction to impact evaluations, including ?Why Evaluate? in Chapter 1, ?How to Evaluate? in Chapter 2 and ?How to Implement Impact Evaluations? in Chapter 3. These elements are the basic ?tools? needed in order to successfully carry out an impact evaluation.
Categories: Business & Economics