Connecting Schools and Public Libraries Through Data
March 8, 2017
How can you tell if the work you’re doing is having an impact on student learning in your community? Measuring the impact of library programs and services on school-age youth is challenging. But it can be done — and it starts with looking at the data. In this presentation, you’ll learn how Columbus Metropolitan Library partnered with nonprofit Learning Circle Education Services to measure the impact of library services. Through data sharing, the library was given insight into whether programs such as Summer Reading Club, Homework Help and Reading Buddies were helping students read on grade level and increasing their performance in school. Listen as the project team shares what has been learned so far about students using these library services and discusses the importance of connecting the work of out-of-schooltime providers with K–12 student data to measure the impact on student achievement.
- About the data collection and dissemination process.
- How data can be used to understand and improve library services.
- Ways to utilize data to demonstrate how library services affect the community.
- How to build relationships with area schools and community organizations.