What hours should the library be open?

The San Francisco Public Library is primarily funded through a voter-initiated proposition called the Library Preservation Fund, which requires a comprehensive assessment of library location open hours every five years. How does SFPL assess the best hours to for each of their locations to be open? By using data! Read more about their Open Hours Assessment in a Case Study created as part of the California Data Informed Public Library initiative.

 

opensignEarlier this summer, Lawrence (KS) Public Library contributed to a case study describing their community needs assessment: Assessing the Hopes and Needs of the Community We Serve.

Has your library used data to make plans, decisions, and changes? We’re seeking additional Case Studies to share! Contact brenda (at) infopeople.org if interested in sharing your library’s data story.

 

Using a Logic Model

Many libraries are working to demonstrate the effectiveness of their activities by initiating and completing outcome-based evaluation of projects. Using a logic model can enhance planning, implementation, and dissemination activities. When you use a logic model, you become aware of the assumptions underlying what you are dAmandaoing.

During her June 12, 2018 webinar delivered as part of the Data Informed Public Library initiative, Demonstrating Library Value with Data, presenter Amanda Standerfer discussed the value of using a logic model to guide your library’s data collection and to set targets to show your success and inform learning when using data to demonstrate impact.

Want to learn more?

  • The webinar with Amanda Standerfer was recorded/archived.
  • See also the library logic model template shared as a webinar resource.

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The Data Informed Public Library initiative is funded by the California State Library and implemented by Infopeople. The project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

 

 

 

Gaining Data Skills

Are you looking to further your learning about data and evaluation? There are lots of online learning opportunities that can help! Next week, join us for free one-hour webinar, Demonstrating Library Impact with Data. Presenter Amanda Standerfer will help you learn to develop and implement an outcomes-based evaluation framework that is easy to manage and that makes sense for your library. You’ll get the tools to design a logic model to guide your data collection and set targets to show your success and inform learning. This webinar is part of the Data Informed Public Libraries (DIPL) initiative that is being sponsored by the California State Library and implemented by Infopeople. The project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

demo lib impact data webinar

Interested in even more data learning? Our friends at RIPL recently shared several archived webinars to check out:

From Infopeople:

From PLA Project Outcome:

From TechSoup:

From WebJunction: