Using Project Outcome to Measure & Build a Better Summer Library Program

Summer reading programs are on the horizon! How will you measure the success of your summer reading and learning programs? Project Outcome provides a set of tools to help you measure the outcomes of your summer programs, which can be used to make program improvements, justify funding requests, and strengthen community partnerships. This free on-demand webinar covers good practices for administering Project Outcome surveys for summer reading programs. Learn what other libraries have done to successfully gather outcome data about summer learning and why standardized summer program outcomes are so important from the state library’s perspective. This webinar features Project Outcome users who will share their success stories and lessons learned.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:

  • Be able to apply good practices for administering Project Outcome surveys for summer reading and learning programs;
  • Understand potential challenges and identify solutions when administering the Project Outcome Summer Reading surveys; and
  • Know the importance of summer program outcomes from both the public and state library perspectives.

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Who Should Attend

This on-demand webinar is open to everyone but will be most helpful to libraries using Project Outcome. Project Outcome is a free service provided by the Public Library Association. If you would like to enroll in Project Outcome in advance of the webinar, please do so at


Joanna Nelson RendónJoanna Nelson Rendón is an adult services manager and teen librarian for Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, Colo. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Denver’s MLIS program and is on the Program Advisory Board. Joanna serves on the Colorado Association of Libraries' Leadership Development Committee and chaired the Continuing Education Committee. She is a blogger for Public Libraries Online. She also presents at conferences and workshops on a variety of topics. Joanna is a member the Colorado Association of Libraries, American Library Association, Public Library Association, and the Young Adult Library Services Association. Joanna loves hiking, salsa dancing, and, of course, reading!

Elaine BlackElaine Black is the director for Youth Services at Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia's state library.  Prior to joining GPLS in 2007, she was the Events and Outreach manager at the Gwinnett County Public Library in suburban Atlanta.

Crystal SchimpfCrystal Schimpf is a librarian, trainer, and consultant. As founder of Kixal, she provides innovative, transformative training for libraries on a wide range of topics. She has facilitated online and in-person training for Project Outcome since 2015. She has also provided training on projects for the Urban Libraries Council’s Edge Initiative, the International City/County Management Association's performance measurement project ICMA Insights, TechSoup’s monthly webinar series for libraries, Infopeople’s Building an Effective Learning Culture project, and the R-Squared Conference. She regularly presents workshops at conferences regionally and nationally on topics including digital literacy, outcome measurement, instructional design, storytelling, and advocacy.



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