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Inspirational Annual Reporting with Appreciative Inquiry

Posted by on March 25th, 2016 0 comments

Do you have to file annual reports? How much do you love doing them? Did I hear someone say “no comment?” In January, I challenged the outreach librarians of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) to experiment with a reflective exercise designed to add some inspiration to their annual… Read More »

Posted in: Library Value, Practical Evaluation, Qualitative Methods



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Appreciative Inquiry of Oz: Building on the Best in the Emerald City

Posted by on February 19th, 2016 0 comments

“One day not very long ago, librarians came to the Emerald City from their libraries in all of the countries of Oz. They came to visit the Great Library of the Emerald City, and to petition the Wizard allow them to borrow books and other items at the Great Library. Their hope was to transport… Read More »

Posted in: Library Value, NEO Projects, News, Qualitative Methods



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New Outcome Measurement Resource for Public Libraries

Posted by on January 22nd, 2016 0 comments

About six months ago Public Library Association (PLA) initiated a service called Project Outcome, that I have been following with interest. An article entitled “Project Outcome – Looking Back, Looking Forward” by Carolyn Anthony, director of the Skokie Public Library, IL was recently published in Public Libraries Online that describes the successes of libraries using… Read More »

Posted in: Library Value, News, Practical Evaluation



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Group Learning about Evaluation

Posted by on October 23rd, 2015 0 comments

I recently got to participate in a very successful roundtable at a library conference.  I co-moderated an evaluation roundtable entitled “Library assessment: You’ve measured your success – now how do you get people to listen?” with OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library Associate Director Katie Prentice at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting… Read More »

Posted in: Library Value, News, Practical Evaluation



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Creative Annual Reports

Posted by on October 9th, 2015 0 comments

Ah, the annual report – at its best we expect to see a glossy booklet with pie charts, short paragraphs and some quotes. At its worst it can be pages of dry text. Our main hope with annual reports is that our stakeholders and others will read them and be impressed with the successes of… Read More »

Posted in: Data Visualization, Library Value, News, Practical Evaluation

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