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.

You’ll learn:

  1. About the data collection and dissemination process.
  2. How data can be used to understand and improve library services.
  3. Ways to utilize data to demonstrate how library services affect the community.
  4. How to build relationships with area schools and community organizations.



Presentation Slides

Q&A Log


Kathy Shahbodaghi

Kathy Shahbodaghi

Public Services Director at Columbus Metropolitan Library
Kathy is a Public Services Director at Columbus Metropolitan Library. She oversees all programs and services for Young Minds, children and their families from birth through the teen years. Kathy has served at the library for over 25 years, overseeing the development and implementation of 23 Homework Help Centers and the library’s annual Summer Reading Club, one of the largest reading clubs in the nation. In the Columbus community she serves on action teams and the boards of several organizations, including Learning Circle Education Services.
Dr. Barb Boyd

Dr. Barb Boyd

As President of Learning Circle Education Services, Barb is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company by working with the Board and core leadership to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Capital University in Geology with a minor in Education, a Master of Business Administration from Franklin University, and a Doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences, with a focus on early warning indicators of high school dropout.


Liz Bowie

Liz Bowie

Marketing Content Manager at Demco, Inc.
Liz is the Marketing Content Manager for Demco. Her background includes editorial management and product development of innovative and time-saving tools for schools and libraries, with an emphasis on Common Core, literacy and math. The products she and her team have developed, including classroom games, learning centers and professional development resources, have garnered 46 industry awards for excellence in education. Liz is passionate about promoting literacy through her work and the work of others. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and programming tips on Demco’s Ideas and Inspiration blog or have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, contact Liz at