LSTA Five Year Plan Evaluation Report 2008-2012, March 29, 2012

(2012) LSTA Five Year Plan Evaluation Report 2008-2012, March 29, 2012. Iowa Library Services (Library of Iowa, State)

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Abstract

The evaluation’s overarching question was “Did the activities undertaken through the state’s LSTA plan achieve results related to priorities identified in the Act?” The evaluation was conducted and is organized according to the six LSTA priorities. The research design employed two major methodologies: 1. Data sources from Iowa Library Services / State Library of Iowa2 as well as U.S and state sources were indentified for quantitative analysis. These sources, which primarily reflect outputs for various projects, included: Statistics from the Public Library Annual Survey Statistics collected internally by Iowa Library Services such as number of libraries subscribing to sponsored databases, number of database searches, attendance at continuing education events, number of interlibrary loan transactions Evaluation surveys from library training sessions, professional development workshops and other programs supported by LSTA funds Internal databases maintained by Iowa Library Services Impact results from post training evaluations conducted by Iowa Library Services 2010 Iowa census data from the U.S. Census Bureau LSTA State Program Reports for the grant period 2. Following the quantitative analysis, the evaluator gathered qualitative data through interviews with key employees, a telephone focus group with district library consultants and two surveys: LSTA Evaluation Survey (Public Libraries) and LSTA Evaluation Survey (Academic Libraries). Both surveys provided sound samples with 43 representatives of Iowa’s 77 academic libraries and 371 representatives of Iowa’s 544 public libraries participating. Respondents represented libraries of all sizes and geographical areas. Both surveys included multiple choice and rating scale items as well as open-ended questions from which results were coded to identify trends, issues and recommendations.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: LSTA, Library, Libraries, Five Year Plan, State Library of Iowa, Iowa Library Services
Subjects: Education > Libraries and archives
Education > Libraries and archives > Special libraries
Education
ID Code: 12818
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2012 19:51
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2012 19:51
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/12818

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