Putting Evidence to Work in Your Library • Using Evidence in Your Library Program

So you want to change some things in your library program, but you're not sure which direction to go. Maybe you need some extra funding for a new part of your collection, you want to expand some services, or you want to switch to a new schedule, but you are not exactly sure how to go about it. Perhaps, you keep hearing about teaching coding to students, but you don't have any experience with it and you're not sure how to present it in your program.

What you need is evidence. Using evidence, having an evidence-based practice, will help you do a number of different things in your school library.

Evidence-based practice, or EBP, allows for the continual improvement of your school library's program ensuring the most effective methods for all aspects of the program. Maintaining a practice that focuses on evidence will provide you with data to present to stakeholders about the impact and effectiveness of your school library program.

In this workshop, I'm going to go into an in-depth view of how you can collect evidence and put it to work for you.

There are lots of different types of evidence that can help you in your work, and I'm going to focus on practices that come from the work of Ross Todd, a professor at Rutgers University. Todd presents three different types of evidence that we can use in evidence-based practice: evidence for practice, evidence in practice, and evidence of practice.

Now, I know, I just said the same thing with three different prepositions. In the next lesson, we are going to walk through each of those, provide some examples, and, thankfully, give them some new descriptive titles to help you follow along a little better.

MLA Citation DiScala, Jeffrey. "Putting Evidence to Work in Your Library: Using Evidence in Your Library Program." School Library Connection, January 2019, schoollibraryconnection.com/Home/Display/2186018?learningModuleId=2186016&childId=2186019&tab=1&topicCenterId=1955261.

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