As a grant-funded project, Infopeople uses needs assessment and surveys to measure its success and determine how best to meet the changing needs of its user base.
A California Library Training Needs Survey was conducted by Infosurv in April of 2007. The "Silver Analysis" report from this survey was released in June 2007. Data and reporting from the survey are available here.
In May 2013, Infopeople hired Social Data Insights, Inc to do a comprehensive evaluation of the entire Eureka! Leadership Program. Fellows from all five leadership institutes, their supervisors, mentors from all years, and Infopeople staff were interviewed. One anonymous online focus group was also held. A complete report was delivered in July 2013. Copies of the complete report were provided to the Calfornia State Library and IMLS.
In August of 2000 and again in August of 2001, the Stanford University Library and the California State Library sponsored a week-long residential Institute on the Stanford campus. The Institute explored issues related to 21st century librarianship through a variety of large and small-group sessions, group projects and networking. Participants were selected by a competitive application process and came from all over the world, although by design 2/3 of the participants were from California.
In April of 2002, Dr. Kevin Starr, California State Librarian, and Dr. Michael Keller, Stanford University Librarian, issued a "Joint Statement on the Stanford-California State Library Institute on 21st Century Librarianship." In that statement, they announced that the Institute would be the subject of a detailed study to analyze its impacts and assess its relationship to other leadership training opportunities and other library continuing education needs and programs.
The text of the final report, and other relevant documents, are available by clicking on the links below.
The study process was guided by an Advisory Council.
In the spring of 2009, Infopeople experimented with a new method of gathering needs assessment data, utilizing the crowdsourcing tool Ideascale .
Library staff could access IdeaScale from March 23-April 10, 2009. They added ideas, made comments, and voted as often as they wanted during this period. By the end, we had 236 registered users, 115 ideas, and 2899 votes.
In the Spring of 2010, Infopeople conducted a neeeds assessment survey as part of the planning process for the 2010/2011 grant year. California library library staff were polled on a variety of issues relating to training from budgets to actual training topics.
In the Spring of 2011, Infopeople conducted a neeeds assessment survey as part of the planning process for the 2011/2012 grant year. California library directors and library staff were polled on a variety of issues relating to training from budgets to actual training topics.
In the Spring of 2012, Infopeople conducted a neeeds assessment survey as part of the planning process for the 2012/2013 grant year. Library directors and library staff in and out of California were polled on a variety of issues relating to training from budgets to actual training topics.