In her fall 2013 article on using the YALSA Public Library Evaluation Tool, Sara Ryan (Teen Services Specialist at Multnomah County Library) provides a great set of tips and practical ideas on how to successfully evaluate teen library services AND how to use information from the evaluation in order to plan for the future. Her article covers how to:
- Convince administration that evaluating teen services will benefit the library
- Conduct the evaluation
- Communicate the results
- Create change based on what the evaluation reveals
Ryan makes it clear in her article, that the evaluation is not something that can be accomplished alone. It actually takes the whole library – from the administration who need to understand and support teen library services evaluation to colleagues who help to perform evaluation activities and analyze data collected.
You’ll notice that Ryan lists getting administrative buy-in as the first step in the process. And she highlights several YALSAblog posts by Sarah Flowers on working with administrators. It’s well worth reading all of these posts as you work on teen services evaluation because they can definitely help you to better communicate with and successfully work on projects with library administrators. The six posts were published in summer 2013 and use the series title, What Your Manager Wishes You Knew.
Anyone interested in evaluating the work they do with and for teens should read Ryan’s article in order to understand how to use YALSA’s Evaluation Tool to successfully get the job done.