Are libraries positively improving the lives of the children they serve and how will they know? These are two questions at the heart of a meeting convened by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) when library leaders and education, philanthropy and non-profit leaders came together to discuss how to assess the effectiveness of library summer learning programs.
ULC’s new report, Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for Assessment and the Executive Summary summarizes the discussions and includes strategic concepts, emerging models and tangible action steps to initiate assessment of library summer learning outcomes.
Since 2013, ULC and the National Summer Learning Association have been working together to explore how public library programs could support kids’ summer learning needs. This is work has continued via support from our funding partner, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and our strategic partner, the Metropolitan Group, a collaborator on all of the work that contributed to this report.
Take some time to read about the examples and best practices which demonstrate how public libraries are maximizing summer learning opportunities and achieving learning gains for youth.