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Dec 08

Library Improvement through Data Analytics (2016)

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 11:26 AM by Brian Herder

Library Improvement through Data Analytics

Library Improvement through Data Analytics (2016)

Lesley S.J. Farmer & Alan M. Safer

American Library Association

978-0-8389-1425-0



More than ever, funding agencies are looking for cost effectiveness. Sound data analytics is the foundation for making an evidence-based case for library programs, in addition to guiding myriad organizational decisions, from optimizing operations for efficiency to responding to community needs for customer satisfaction. Designed to be useful for novices as well as those with a background in data, this book introduces the basics of the Six Sigma framework as a model that can be applied to a variety of library settings. Helping readers make sense of data, this guide for system based, data-driven management covers such key topics as
  • the basics of statistical concepts;
  • recommended data sources for various library functions and processes, and guidance for using census, university, or chamber of commerce data in analysis;
  • techniques for cleaning data;
  • matching data to appropriate data analysis methods;
  • how to make descriptive statistics more powerful by spotlighting relationships;
  • 14 case studies which address such areas as digitization, e-book collection development, and reference; and
  • staffing, facilities, and instruction.
This book’s clear, concise coverage will enable readers of every experience level to gain a better understanding of statistics in order to facilitate library improvement.
Dec 05

Five Steps of Outcome-Based Planning & Evaluation for Public Libraries (2016)

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 10:28 AM by Brian Herder


Outcome Based Planning and Evaluation

Five Steps of Outcome-Based Planning & Evaluation for Public Libraries (2016)

Melissa Gross, Cindy Mediavilla, Virginia A. Walter

American Library Association

978-0-8389-1404-5


Planning and assessment are both crucial elements of a public library that functions efficiently and flexibly. So why are they often treated as separate processes? This concise book combines planning and evaluation in a holistic approach, helping public library managers and staff put library resources to work for the community. Based on a series of successful workshops, the workflow presented by the authors is made up of manageable steps for integrating outcome-based planning and evaluation (OBPE) into the routine functions of the public library. Offering step by step guidance that’s transparent and easy to follow, this book
  • introduces the concept of OBPE and explains how it can be a streamlined, effective method of getting library users’ feedback;
  • defines “outcomes” and shows why public libraries should use them to plan and evaluate services;
  • shares methodologies for assessing community needs and interests, including key informant interviews, surveys, focus groups, and environmental scans;
  • demonstrates how to use community assessment data to create outcome statements that not only guide the creation of new library services, but also provide targets for measuring the effectiveness of those services;
  • offers techniques for designing services that directly serve the community while also achieving the outcomes the library has targeted; and
  • provides tips for sharing the results with stakeholders and maximizing successful outcome-based programs to leverage the library’s role in the community.
Featuring plentiful examples of how to proceed through each phase of the OBPE model, this book boils down planning and evaluation into an approachable, easy to understand process for public librarians, library managers, and grant writers.
Dec 05

The Essential Lapsit Guide (2015)

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 10:23 AM by Brian Herder

The Essential Lapsit Guide

The Essential Lapsit Guide (2015)

Linda L. Ernst

American Library Association

978-1-55570-761-3


Not just a sourcebook or a reference, but a complete multimedia guide, this innovative, comprehensive resource will help you stimulate the minds of your youngest patrons with rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books, and other creative activities. The engaging materials and methods in this book are equally useful for experienced children’s librarians looking for new ideas and new librarians starting to build their own program for the very young. Through researching the latest in early learner and developmental theories, Ernst
  • Carefully details the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of children 12 to 24 months
  • Guides you through using Lapsit programming to perform effective outreach to all segments of your community
  • Shows how to build and maintain effective partnerships with caregivers, child-care providers, early childhood educators, and others
  • Offers tips for seeking funding for early childhood services
A detailed Web Extra provides further ideas and instructional techniques not featured in the book. Included are a bibliography of chapter resources, a list of rhyme lyrics that appear in the book, full-page sample handouts and templates, and 47 video clips featuring rhymes and activities that encourage audience interaction, performed by the author.