Please join us on November 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM at the New York Library Association Conference in Saratoga Springs for a special session on Ready to Read at New York Libraries!
Karen Balsen, Program Director, and I will be introducing this statewide early literacy initiative, and discussing progress to date and next steps. Come and learn how your public library can participate!
Click here for the program website.
Click here for more about the conference.
I just conducted a Basic Outcome-Based Evaluation Workshop at the Mid York Library System in Utica for library staff across the state. What a wonderful two days!
The participants really make these workshops, as we do a great deal of team work/discussion. And this group did not disappoint. We covered a lot of ground and many topics facing libraries today.
I want to thank this group of terrific librarians for attending the workshop, and the Mid York Library System for hosting us! Happy evaluating!
In preparation for the Outcome-Based Evaluation Workshop I am conducting next month, I’ve been researching the Public Library Association’s new, national evaluation initiative, Project Outcome. As this is really a unique program and one with great potential, I wanted to share it here.
Here’s more info from the Project Outcome website (shown above):
What is Project Outcome?
We help public libraries understand and share the true impact of their services and programs with simple surveys and an easy-to-use process to measure and analyze outcomes. Project Outcome is a free toolkit offering libraries access to training, data analytics, and standardized surveys that measure outcomes in seven key library service areas:
- Civic/Community Engagement
- Digital Literacy
- Early Childhood Literacy
- Economic Development
- Education/Lifelong Learning
- Job Skills
- Summer Reading
Note that an account must be created to view the many resources put together by Project Outcome. There isn’t much available on the website unless you sign up and gain access. But it’s free! From there you can learn more about participating and collecting/analyzing evaluation data for your public library. Check it out!
A new year = a new project! I am happy to report that I am now working on the New York State Library’s Ready to Read at New York Libraries program. If you are not familiar with this project, I encourage you to check it out (especially if you are a public librarian working with young children and families!).
Here’s a description from the Ready to Read website:
Ready to Read at New York Libraries is an initiative of the New York State Education Department designed to improve and expand the availability of high quality public library early learning services in local communities across the State. Through this initiative, families and caregivers will be provided with the knowledge needed to prepare their young children for their school years ahead.
The priority component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries through 2019 is the Early Childhood Public Library Staff Development Program, a train-the-trainer program that will strengthen library staff skills to ensure that families and caregivers with young children receive the highest quality services at all of New York’s 1,000 public library outlets.
Also, be sure to check out the program’s Facebook page!
And the terrific family resource, DayByDayNY, with daily songs, stories, and activities families can do with their young children to grow early literacy skills. I posted a screen shot below:
The final session of ILEAD USA was held last month. I want to thank each and every one of the participants for a great experience! Congratulations to the teams for completing this year-long journey with the New York State Library. Your final presentations were fantastic, and I think we all left inspired.
Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors!