MassCUE: Library Space Revival

23 10 2014



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2 responses

23 10 2014
Karisa Tashjian

So enjoyed your presentation today. Your enthusiasm is contagious and I feel empowered by your “can do” attitude.

I work at a public library running an adult literacy and workforce development program. We are making a shift as a library to offering learning opportunities that result in measurable impact. I wondered if you have given thought to how you can measure the impact of your library – beyond how many books are checked out, for example, to an impact on learning?

24 10 2014

Thank you for joining me at MassCUE yesterday. I was so inspired by the time I left; I can’t wait to get back to school to start applying some of the new ideas I got from everyone at the conference.

I measure the impact of our library program in a couple of ways:

1. My PLC team (a group of Junior and Senior teachers from across the subject areas with common students) all created several formative assessments which included our Content Area Research Rubric (access it here, top left). We gathered statistics to measure where our students are on the research continuum. Our goals are two-fold: to examine and verify instructional strategies and consistency and to be able to intervene with our students if they are struggling with some of these research skills. We will do similar assessments next semester in hopes that students will have moved up on the research continuum.

2. We also carefully monitor standardized test scores. It’s a challenge this year, as we are switching from NECAPS to the Smarter Balanced test and the SATs are being overhauled completely.

I talked more about how we measure impact at my “Are Your Students Research Ready?” presentation on Wednesday.

Please stay in touch! I’d love to hear how you will use some of these ideas in your public library program.

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