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January 10, 2011


Will Marlow

This is great advice. I would add to this (probably unnecessary) suggestion that at this stage you should also take basic participation and attendance measurements in various, consistent ways. For instance, sign-in sheets, optional comment cards, and a printout that allows attendees to signup to interact with the library on social media platforms. Then, after you go through each cycle (one social, cultural, scholarly, creative, service), you should be able to look at the data and see which type of activity had NOT just the highest participation, but which had the highest participation across various demographics, age groups, etc. AND you can see which activities had the highest attendance, as well as which activities led to the greatest uptick in Twitter followers. I have found that librarians have a very healthy respect for data, which should serve them well here ;)


Brian I like this approach to library planning. I found this post very useful as I'm finishing up my annual evaluation and planning for the upcoming year. Will's comment also is very good advice. :) Thanks for posting.

Lisa Hinchliffe

FWIW, your "blocks" are very similar to the elements of the Wellness Wheel, commonly used for programming student affairs. I wrote up thoughts on applying the Wellness Wheel to library programming with Melissa Wong - "From Services-Centered to Student-Centered: A “Wellness Wheel” Approach to Developing the Library as an Integrative Learning Commons" (http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a923572485~db=all~jumptype=rss)

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