Do Those Evaluation Statistics Mean Anything?
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Speaker: Carlos Manjarrez, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Speaker: Laura Stone, Federal and State Grants Manager, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Speaker: Matthew Birnbaum, PhD, Research and Evaluation Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Speaker: William Wilson, Partner, Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants
The quality and rigor of program evaluation in library services lags behind other related fields, including education and social services. The problem is complex as it involves technical, administrative and cultural challenges. In this session, staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation and librarians will discuss strategies for improving the capacity of libraries to use evaluation by creating a network linking those producing evaluation with those who use the information to make better decisions.