YALSA webinar demonstrating impact teen summer reading
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  • Follow up: What will this do for Teen Services in your library and ultimately for teens in your community*Keep this thought at the forefront of decisions you make this summer
  • -Determine what information you want to gather at Summer Reading signup (core data)-Data to help build Teen Services long term (reading preferences, program ideas, partnerships)-Determine from the beginning what you want to know to strengthen library/community/build Teen Services-Align goals with county/city priorities (education/quality of life) and library’s strategic plan-Chat a bit about inputs, outputs
  • discuss survey/focus groups to gather information that you *want* to know - reading preferences to inform collection dev, program interests/day and time to inform program dev, how did you hear about... to inform marketing and communication practices
  • -data/test scores on middle and high school performance-Time out youth, POST, United Way, YMCA, Freedom Schools, PEW Internet and American Life studies, State Library-Kids Count Data Center -How does reading and the library (safe community space, education and literacy opportunities) fit in with the big picture of what teens in your community need to grow into healthy, successful adults?-we can say something like: for example, if state reading scores show that your local middle school only has 45% of students passing reading EOGs, targeted outreach/promotion of TSR and tracking of participants at that middle school enrolled in TSR could reveal increased reading proficiency (or something more objective -- like reading enjoyment, new interest in English classes, more focused on school work and goals, less in trouble)
  • -anecdotal evidence, what parts to include in story, anecdotes, what elements to include? (person, problem, library intervention, happy ending)-acknowledge that they aren't present all the time; -build relationships with other staff so they will have positive interactions with teens and report anecdotes to you-be the face of Summer Reading -- other staff will share anecdotes with you
  • Stakeholders: teens, library staff, parents, community members, partners, library admin, library board, county/city staff-motivational updates for staff and public --- via email for staff or staff intranet, via social networks for public -share positive summer reading stories everywhere you go-reach out to local newspaper/local bloggers to cover TSR events, recognize prize winners-final summer reading report at end of the summer shared with all stakeholders-asking time at board meetings, manager meetings and sharing results, painting big picture-wrap up session with all staff involved in summer reading process - thank you, acknowledging support-reporting back to local schools, media specialist partners, PTOs, funders, other youth-serving orgsUsing data, program outcomes and anecdotes to help share your library's story in serving teens and to ultimately build a stronger Teen Services program  immediately begin planning for 2014 in the fall; determine how you want to improve, sustain, grow program and begin making plans for funding/partnerships look to see how you can build upon summer reading success to support teens during the school year -- educational support, programming, school partnerships, book clubs, homework help, college prep, community service
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  • 1. DEMONSTRATINGIMPACT:Teen Summer ReadingWelcome to the YALSA webinar! It will begin promptly at 2pm,eastern. You will not hear audio until then.
  • 2. Your Fab Facilitators Kelly Czarnecki, Teen ServicesLibrarianCharlotte, NCkellyczarnecki1@gmail.com Catherine Haydon, Children’s ServicesManagerCharlotte, NCcatherine.haydon@gmail.com
  • 3. Learning Objectives Best practices for collecting data for TeenSummer Reading participants Best practices for sharing data for TeenSummer Reading participants Using data, program outcomes and anecdotesto help share your librarys story in servingteens and to ultimately build a stronger TeenServices program
  • 4. Audience question How is the Dollar General grantfunding enhancing your teensummerreading program?
  • 5. Telling our story: Teen Services Layoffs, Library closings, hour reductions Response to the community Targeted programs to show impact Tools and Resources
  • 6. Collecting Data What do you need toknow? What do you want toknow?
  • 7. Audience question Talk about Teen Services at Your Library in anutshell.
  • 8. Data: What you WANT to KnowWhat library programs were yourfavorite this summer?Sample survey question
  • 9. Audience question What are some ways you currently gatherdata?
  • 10. Existing Information on Teen Behavior Collecting data locally-school districts-youth servingorganizations Reading related toDevelopmental Assets Example of a desiredoutcome
  • 11. Anecdotes and Stories ofImpact “ A mom came in with her son who had recently turned twelve. The mom was frustratedthat he didn’t seem to like books that she or his teacher had suggested. I spoke with himabout things he liked and suggested a few realistic fiction titles that he appeared to beinterested in. The mom and son were both happy to be able to find something to read thathe hadn’t read before.”-Teen Librarian “Mary talked to a teen, Jamika P, about signing up for thesummer reading program since she had fines to pay off.Jamika said she didn’t read much because of an attentionproblem. The next day however, she came back and thankedMary for suggesting the summer reading program since herdoctor recommended her to read at least two hours a day.Since then she has come back looking for books thatmight be interesting to read.”How will YOU be the face ofTeen Summer Reading?
  • 12. Audience question How do you market your programs?
  • 13. Best Practices: Sharing Results Determine stakeholders Building for long term-start planning for next year Build on success!
  • 14. Further Resources YALSA Summer Reading wiki:http://ow.ly/lpfnq Evaluating Teen Services and Programs: AYALSA Guide (Chicago: ALA, 2012) The Complete Summer Reading ProgramManual: From Planning to Evaluation(YALSA, 2012) Institute of Museum and Library Services(IMLS) Outcome Based Evaluation:http://ow.ly/lpeKp
  • 15. Further Resources Evaluating Summer Reading Programs:Suggested Improvements (Public LibrariesOnline, 2013): http://ow.ly/lpg0g ALA Office for Research & Statistics:http://ow.ly/lpexc Dynamic Youth Services through Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation (ALA,2009)
  • 16. Your Fab Facilitators Kelly Czarnecki, Teen ServicesLibrarianCharlotte, NCkellyczarnecki1@gmail.com Catherine Haydon, Children’s ServicesManagerCharlotte, NCcatherine.haydon@gmail.com
  • 17. Ideas, Comments, Questions What would you like toknow in more detail? What ideas or skills didyou learn today that you’lluse in your school orlibrary? Any questions?Thank you for participating!