Are you under pressure to show outcomes from your youth library programs, but don’t know where to begin? Do you want to learn methods to capture qualitative and quantitative data about your programs beyond counting turnstile clicks? Join Josie Chang-Order and Tim Podkul, research team members from the Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries (CCLL) project, as they explore best practices for evaluating your connected learning programs and spaces. Library staff from all levels, particularly those involved in Youth Services, initiatives and programming, and/or assessment activities are encouraged to watch! The Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries (CCLL) project is a partnership with YALSA, YOUmedia Learning Labs network, and Los Angeles Public Library, and is funded by IMLS.

Case Study #1:

The Studio at Anythink Libraries


Case Study #2:

Rockwood Makerspace at Multnomah County Library


Case Study #3:

YOUmedia at Harold Washington Library


Case Study #4:

Full STEAM Ahead at Los Angeles Public Library


Case Study #5:

Partnering with Future Ready with the Library


Evaluation Guide for Libraries:

Evaluating Library Programming


Evaluation Tool #1:

Evaluation Plan Template


Evaluation Tool #2:

Talkback Board Repository

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Video #1 – “Introductions”

Video #2 – “Outcomes”

Video #3 – “Designing Talkback Boards”

Video #4 – “Open-ended Talkback Boards and Analyzing Data”

Video #5 – “Implementation Cycle and Review”

Video #1 of 5


The first video in our series introduces you to the Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries project, the research team, and some of our partner librarians!

Respond to the video questions from the end of the video here.

Video #2 of 5


Video 2 in our series explores how defining outcomes is an important first step to developing evaluation tools. Understanding which specific outcomes you, your funders, or your administrators are most interested in helps you work backwards to develop a theory for designing or improving your programs.

Respond to the video questions from the end of the video here.

Video #3 of 5

“Designing Talkback Boards”

Video 3 in our series explores practical measures and how to get started thinking about creating Talkback boards. First, we explain what practical measures are, and then we go over some examples of how we’ve designed talkback boards with our library partners.

Video #4 of 5

“Open-ended Talkback Boards and Analyzing Data”

Video 4 in our series explores what data from talkback boards might show you, and how to expand on close-ended prompts with open-ended prompts.

Video #5 of 5

“Implementation Cycle and Review”

Video 5 in our series gives the audience big picture things to think about when implementing an evaluation plan in a library setting.