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On October 20th the Nova Scotia Provincial Library will be hosting an audio conference from the Education Institute of The Partnership of Canadian library associations on "The Outcomes: New Challenges for Evaluating Public Library Activities" with Chris Pepin, Public Library Coordinator for the Provincial Library in Saskatchewan.

Many governments and corporations today are committing resources to the development of outcomes. Why? The hope is that they can better measure and explain theirs. They want ever-higher levels of popular (or customer) support. This approach is also being presented as a necessary innovation for the agencies including libraries that are funded by governments, corporations, and foundations. Given these trends, libraries need to ask at least two basic questions:
What are outcomes and how can we develop relevant ones?
How can we use them?

The Benefits:
Ability to understand the debates around outcomes
Clearer definition of the relevant terms and concepts
Ability to identify libraries that use best practices

Who Should Participate?
Public library managers
Public library board members
Professional librarians

Key Topics:
Why outcomes definition and measurement are now popular
Brief history of this approach in disciplines outside of libraries
What are outcomes?
What libraries are using them now or could be soon?
What are some of the practical implications of an emphasis on outcomes?

Developed for the Education Institute by the Saskatchewan Library Association.

SESSION DETAILS:
Time: Thursday, October 20th, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Place: Training Room, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, 3770 Kempt Road, Halifax
Format: One hour audio conference
This session is free; parking is available in front of the building.

Please respond to Carol Morris at [log in to unmask] or by phone at 424-2477 if you would like to attend this session.

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