Evaluating the Impact of Your Library, Second Edition

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Assessing impact is increasingly critical to the survival of services: managers now require comprehensive information about effectiveness, especially in relation to users. Outlining a rigorously tested approach to library evaluation and offering practical tools and highly relevant examples, the new second edition of Evaluating the Impact of Your Library enables library managers to get to grips with the slippery concept of service impact and to address their own impact questions in their planning. Markless and Streatfield fully update the text to include international approaches to qualitative library evaluation, new international research, and current debates on the evolving nature of evaluation, as well as reflections on the importance of involving stakeholders and of evaluation to guide advocacy. Key topics include:

  • The demand for evidence
  • Getting to grips with impact
  • Putting the impact into planning
  • Success criteria and impact indicators
  • Making things happen using activities and process indicators
  • Gathering and interpreting evidence
  • Taking stock, setting targets, and development planning
  • Performing national or international evaluation
  • Next steps

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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.

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.

"Stands out as a shining example of how a guide should be written."

--Information Research "The strength of the book lies in its duality as both a tool and as an insightful analysis of the context, concepts and methodologies required to demonstrate the effectiveness of your library." --Ariadne