Doing Library Impact Evaluation: Enhancing Value and Performance in Libraries

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Item Number: 
978-1-78330-414-1
Published: 
2019
Publisher: 
Facet Publishing, UK
Pages: 
240
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the Authors

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 learned 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 program theory-based evaluation is helping to shape the world of library impact evaluation.

The book offers a wide range of case study settings, covering UK public, health, school and academic libraries and the evaluation program of a national research funding body, as well as international library development programs funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The approaches to library evaluation explored in the case studies encompass

  • self-evaluation by library managers;
  • action research conducted by academic library teams;
  • a large-scale market survey of perceptions of public libraries;
  • limited and more developed program evaluations; and
  • application of program theory-driven approaches to evaluation at national and international levels.

1. Why do we need another book on evaluating library impact?
2. What value? What impact? De-constructing value and impact
3. Enhancing value and performance in UK public libraries?
4. Teaching, learning and the UK school library
5. Academic libraries show their impact
6. Helping to bridge the information poverty gap
7. What do Europeans think about public libraries?
8. Tomorrow the World? Supporting international impact evaluation of library associations, national and public libraries
9. Strengthening the health libraries workforce in England

David Streatfield

David Streatfield leads Information Management Associates, a research, training and consultancy team working in education, health and libraries. He has over 25 years' experience in educational and social sciences research and consultancy, including several years as Head of Information Research and Development at NFER.

Sharon Markless

Sharon Markless is Senior Lecture in Higher Education within King's Learning Institute where she draws on many years of experience in both teaching and research. She initially taught in secondary schools and further education before moving into H.E. in 1990 as a Senior Lecturer in Professional Development at Canterbury Christ Church University College.

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