National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment

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National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment: Phase I

In May 2017, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a National Leadership Grant to the  American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, for a research project to understand and document the characteristics, audiences, outcomes and value of U.S. library public programming. The project, National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA): Phase I, will implement the first research recommendation that came out of an IMLS National Leadership planning grant in 2014 (see below for more information on the planning grant). 

The first-of-its-kind project, conducted in collaboration with New Knowledge Organization think tank, will bring together a network of researchers, practitioner-researchers, and advisors to answer two research questions: How can we characterize and categorize public programs offered by libraries today? And what competencies and training are required for professionals working with library programming?

A series of surveys will be disseminated to library practitioners to help map the existing landscape of library public programming, including program types, topics, formats, audiences, partner relationships and current competencies, and also to identify those skills required in the field that, perhaps, are not being adequately taught in formal learning settings. Findings will be disseminated via a white paper at the end of NILPPA: Phase I, in 2019. 
 
For more information on NILPPA: Phase I - including project advisors, updates, resources and findings - see the navigation menu to the left of this page. 

Funded By

NILPPA: Phase I is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number LG-96-17-0048-17.
 

Institute of Museum and Library Services

 

 

 

National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA) Planning Grant (2013 - 2014)

Project Description

View the white paper and comment at NILPPA.org.

In 2013, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the American Library Association (ALA) a planning grant to support the one year (October 2013-September 2014) development of a comprehensive research agenda and five-year implementation plan to understand and document the characteristics, audiences, outcomes, and value of public programming in libraries at a national level. Titled National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), the project aimed to support strategic long-term advancement of understanding of how library programs increase broad public access to knowledge and foster support for lifelong learners across diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, including those with special needs or those underserved by services in their communities.

More information about the NILPPA planning grant - including advisors, resources and findings - can be found using the navigation menu to the left of this page.

Project Contact

For questions on the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment project, please contact the ALA Public Programs Office, publicprograms@ala.org or (312) 280-5045. 

Funded By

Institute of Museum and Library Services