Meaningful Measurement Workshop

Meaningful Measurement Workshop
The State Library of NC is happy to announce another event as part of its Meaningful Measurement Initiative to build evaluation and assessment skills in public libraries.  Join us for a two-day workshop, November 16-17, in Raleigh, NC to hear from experts on topics including: planning meaningful evaluations of library programs and services finding community ...

Project Outcome Training: Learn how to collect outcome data about your library programs!

Project Outcome Training: Learn how to collect outcome data about your library programs!
Public library services put people on the path to literacy, technological know-how, or a better job – but what we are often missing is the data to show it. Outcome measurement helps libraries answer the questions: How can we better measure and demonstrate our community impact? What good did our services do? Would you like ...

New from the Foundation Center: Visualizing Funding for Libraries Tool

New from the Foundation Center: Visualizing Funding for Libraries Tool
The Foundation Center with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has released a new tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries, to help libraries explore funding data in a variety of ways including maps, charts and lists. This tool can help those looking for funding identify organizations who have awarded grants to libraries similar ...

2016 Kids Count Data Book Released 2

2016 Kids Count Data Book Released
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its 2016 Kids Count Data Book examining four domains of youth wellness: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Overall, the report finds today’s youth, “are healthier and completing high school on time despite mounting economic inequality and increasingly unaffordable college tuition. Aided by smart policies and ...

Celebrate National Library Week!

Celebrate National Library Week!
April 10-15 is National Library Week!  This celebration first sponsored in 1958,  is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) each April. All types of libraries participate in the celebration to recognize the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. We’re celebrating National Library Week ...

IMLS releases Public Library Survey Report for FY2013

IMLS releases Public Library Survey Report for FY2013
The Institute of Museum and Library Services just released the latest Public Library Survey report for fiscal year 2012/2013.  According to the report, FY2013 was a year of stabilization for libraries across the nation. Prior years saw steep declines, first in funding and staffing due to cuts during the recession, followed by a period of ...

North Carolina FY2012 Comparison Report

North Carolina FY2012 Comparison Report
In April of 2015, IMLS released its Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2012 report of key statistics and trends using data reported from 97% of public libraries in the U.S.  Although the statistics are already dated, the report provides a telling picture of libraries emerging from the recession years ending in ...

2015 White House Council on Aging

Mark your calendars! On July 13th policy makers and experts will gather for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.  This conference has been held every 10 years since 1960 to bring together key stakeholders to look ahead at the issues that will shape the lives of seniors in the coming years. Among the issues ...

Public Library Survey Search and Compare Tools updated with 2013 data

Public Library Survey Search and Compare Tools updated with 2013 data
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has just updated their search and compare tools with fiscal year 2013 data.  Use the compare tool to see how your library stacks up against libraries nationwide and the search tool is a great resource for pulling information about your library together quickly.

School libraries shown to have measurable impact on student success

School libraries shown to have measurable impact on student success
A study conducted by the Washington Library Media Association (WMLA) has shown that students at schools with a school library program and certified teacher librarian perform better academically and have a better chance of graduating.  This Washington based study looked at 1,486, K−12 public schools and found that those with a school library had a ...