Putting Evidence to Work in Your Library


Jeffrey DiScala has a secret that really isn't a secret at all. It's about helping you make both big and small leaps in your library program and working toward transformational change. What's the secret? The power of evidence and having an evidence-based practice. Learn from these short videos as he discusses the whats, whys, and hows of using evidence in your library and earn a certificate of completion for one hour of PD.


  • Learn the meaning of evidence-based practice and how to put it to work in your library
  • Learn about the three types of evidence that can help inform your practice
  • Learn how to use research by others to make changes in your library
  • Learn how quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods evidence can be collected in your library
  • Learn how to use evidence for advocacy


Each workshop lesson includes video content and a follow-up activity to help you apply and show evidence of your learning.

Introduction Video

Lesson 1: Using Evidence in Your Library Program

Activity: Writing a Statement of Intent

Lesson 2: Types of Evidence

Activity: Reflecting on Past Evidence Collected

Lesson 3: Collecting Evidence

Activity: Resources for Foundational and Process Evidence

Lesson 4: Outcomes Evidence

Activity: Determining & Aligning Your Research Purpose

Lesson 5: Objective Data Collection

Activity: Creating a Research Plan, Part I

Lesson 6: Subjective Data Collection

Activity: Creating a Research Plan, Part II

Lesson 7: Presenting Evidence for Change

Activity: Presenting Your Evidence

Closing Video

Workshop Quiz


Earn one professional development clock hour for completing this workshop's videos, activities, and quiz. Consult with your supervising organization about applying these to your professional development requirements.


To show evidence of learning for this course, complete and share the following:

  1. Planning Template: Putting Evidence to Work
  2. Workshop Quiz Results / Certificate of Completion


Jeffrey DiScala, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University. He earned his master's and doctorate from the University of Maryland. He is co-principal investigator for The Lilead Project, a research and professional development program for school library leaders. His research interests include education, technology, and information policies in education and professional development for school librarians and classroom teachers. He has co-authored numerous articles in publications such as Library Quarterly, School Library Research, School Libraries Worldwide, and Knowledge Quest.


School Library Connection is a publication of Libraries Unlimited, a publisher in the field of academic, public, school, and special libraries since 1964. Libraries Unlimited's mission—to cultivate and maintain a supportive community where librarians, archivists, and information specialists can learn about and discuss leading-edge trends and acquire new skills through every phase of their careers—is supported by over 2,000 publications. Since 2008, Libraries Unlimited has been an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, an award-winning publisher of digital and print products in the realms of reference, contemporary thought, and professional development. With both a long-standing reputation for authoritative and trustworthy materials and a current prominence in delivering cutting-edge content in diverse and innovative forms, ABC-CLIO continues to be driven by pursuit of its core mission: to serve as source, catalyst, and support of lifelong learning.


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