Introduction to Library Program Evaluation

$175.00

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.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Course Description

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

Jennifer SweeneyJennifer 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.

Special Session

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.

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