|Public Library Benefits Valuation Study
Appendix C - Pre and Post CBA Conference Evaluations
Public Library Association
12. Would you recommend this program to a colleague?
13. How did you hear about the program?
2000 PRE-CONFERENCE PROGRAM EVALUATIONS
Excellent presentation - one of very few sessions I've ever attended that gave concrete, statistically valid, non-anecdotal information.
More details on methodology would be useful. Perhaps a follow-up program.
It might have been interesting to have the IMS person speak briefly about funding possibilities for this or related projects.
Excellent program. Great speakers.
Either hot or cold - otherwise ok.
Extremely interesting program. Staffing concerns make it difficult to employ at this time. But if the opportunity does arise at my institution I will be on the team! Thank you.
May I say first how well prepared the A.M. speakers were. Dr. Elliot in particular. I wish more people could have attended - seemed like 1/3 of our audience were staff/personnel affiliated with the five libraries in the study. This is no criticism but a recommendation that the program be replicated next year, perhaps as a PLA/ULC conference or a PLA preconference.
Don Eliot - very knowledgeable and competent. The effectiveness of this kind of survey data will vary from locale to locale. Need to develop a considerably simpler instrument.
Manual was very well done! The added notebook at any ALA conference. The cost/benefit projection for use of the information is enormous.
Program was better than I expected. Thought it would be full of good info, but boring as hell - not true! Each speaker kept the momentum from the previous speaker and kept the interest level high (room temperature not withstanding). Public libraries need to embrace this concept - local, state and national level. Perhaps PLA could coordinate with state organizations to get this message out.
This is of essential value to large library systems, but, in all honesty, could have been a deadly presentation. Instead, the material was presented in a clear, coherent way that took us through a complex process by presenters who used Power Point presentations that were informative, engaging, and dare I say it entertaining. great job!
Room had good acoustics. Excellent lunch, except for vegetarian service. Program very inspiring - should be able to apply info most immediately.
Economist - section much too long. Overkill more interested in libraries' experiences and future use of data.
Post-Conference Evaluation of CBA Conference,
The research team surveyed those who had attended the PLA Pre-Conference attendees on October 9, 2000. Attendees had had approximately three months to think about the application of the CBA methodology to their library situations.
In response to Question 1, "Does the methodology discussed at the Public Library Association pre-conference have an application in your library?" respondents were almost evenly divided between those who saw an application in their library and those that did not. Others wanted a more streamline version of the methodology.
Examples of their narrative responses follow:
When asked, "Do you have plans to implement the methodology in your own library?" several respondents, recognizing the need for long-term planning responded that they were considering the application of the methodology in their own libraries.
The respondents found the per-conference materials helpful. One respondent suggested a 2-page briefing sheet to be used in presentation to library boards.
1. Would you recommend this project to another library administrator?
Only three respondents choose to answer the final question, "What other comments would you like to share with the research staff?" with the following comments.
Public Library Benefits Valuation Study
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