Attend this program to learn about the progress of Measures that Matter (MtM). The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) are partnering to implement MtM, a project to examine, evaluate, and map the landscape of public library data collection in the United States. The project will develop a Library Data and Outcomes Action Plan with key library stakeholder groups for a more coordinated approach to the collection of public library data nationally. Thousands of public libraries diligently contribute to data collection efforts each year. While the value of data collection to measure library impact is broadly recognized, concerns have emerged about the proliferation of surveys in recent years. There is a lack of coordination between collecting organizations, resulting in a greater burden for local libraries, duplication of efforts, and uncertainty about the sustainability and long-term access to data. Measures that Matter is a first step aimed at building bridges between data collection activities of various organizations. It will engage broadly with the library field and promote a greater understanding of the issues related to library data. And it will help ensure that data collected reflects the 21st century library. MtM was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (RE-00-16-0181-16).
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Updates/Briefings
Interests: Assessment and Evaluation, Research and Statistics
Type of Library: Public
Cost: Included with full conference registration.