Introduction to Library Program Evaluation
Instructor: Jennifer Sweeney
Dates: April 6th through May 3rd, 2020
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
This four-week course introduces foundational concepts of evaluation research and its applications in libraries, including characteristics of the program evaluation environment, logic modeling, key types of evaluation questions and research designs, client and stakeholder relationships, and identifying specific evaluation issues. We will explore typical types of evaluation research found in LIS settings across academic, public, and special libraries.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe types of evaluation research methodologies broadly as well as in LIS settings
- Distinguish between formative and summative evaluation
- Identify topics appropriate for evaluation research
- Recognize and work with issues and limitations of evaluation research in LIS
- Use the logic model / theory of change approach to design an evaluation plan
Jennifer Sweeney is a program evaluation consultant for libraries, other public agencies, and nonprofits, and lecturer at San Jose State University, Simmons College, and Drexel University. Dr. Sweeney developed measurement instruments for K-16 educational interventions for the University of California, Davis School of Education, and provided evaluation services for the California Center for the Book, the California Library Association, and Smith & Lehmann Consulting. Previously, she was library analyst at the UC Davis Library, reference librarian at the American University Library in Washington, DC, and business librarian with Cost Engineering Research, Inc. in Arlington, VA. Interview with Jennifer Sweeney
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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