Needs Assessment- North Country Regional Teen Dept.

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Needs Assessment conducted for North Country Regional Library in Huntersville, NC

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Needs Assessment- North Country Regional Teen Dept.

  1. 1. +A Needs Assessment of theTeen Department at NorthCounty Regional LibraryBy Team 12: Hannah Drum, Sara KayMooney, Bethany Reynolds, and DevonStokes
  2. 2. + Introduction Located in Huntersville, NC (pop. 50,000) – affluent northernsuburb of Charlotte Part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library System Open 6 days / week, 26 staff members, average monthly doorcount: ~14,000 Overall mission: “expand minds, empower individuals, enrichour community” Other major priorities: community outreach & engagement; andeducational literacy Teen Department staff: Chantell (Head Teen Librarian)
  3. 3. +Methods Three primary groups: Chantell, staff helping in the TeenDepartment (three people), and teenage patrons Preliminary Interview: help understand context and discernTeen Department’s Point of View Online and paper surveys of teen patrons Online survey of staff members
  4. 4. +Analysis of Staff Survey Results Strengths staff enthusiasm “Newness” of Teen Dept. space Opportunities to grow Weaknesses not enough praise and feedback Inter-departmental support Suggestions Better program marketing School partnerships More diverse collection Educating staff in other departments
  5. 5. +Analysis of Teen Survey Results When asked which school they attend, teenagers listed 19different schools, though 4 were mentioned repeatedly, andought to be focused on when establishing library-schoolcollaborations. While Chantell has worked hard developing programs for teenpatrons, many teens aren’t aware of what is available to them.Further marketing outreach is encouraged. While many teens agreed the library is a great resource andsaid they’d be interested in volunteering there, many –including Chantell - agreed the YA section is outdated. Survey results do show that Chantell’s efforts are paying off, asteens agreed their new teen-specific section is “comfortableand inviting.”
  6. 6. +Conclusions & Recommendations Need for increased, more strategic communication
  7. 7. +Final Reflection Major Obstacle: geographic distance  combatted withconsistent, frequent written communication online Lessons learned: Strong collaboration with staff led to higher participations amongthose surveyed Strong marketing plan was also helpful Importance of sticking with a set timeline Overall, good opportunity to apply (and gain!) practicaladministration/management skills Good opportunity to help a Department discern the needs of itspatrons
  8. 8. +The End.Thanks for watching!

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