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LSTA Outcomes Measures Training
[Outcome Measurement is an evaluation and planning tool that places its emphasis on the end user of a service or program. Training in Outcome Measurement is now required for all applicants for competitive LSTA grants through the California State Library. Instead of evaluating a program based on the number of workshops held or the number of books distributed, Outcome Measurement assesses changes in behavior. In a literacy program, for example, Outcome Measurement might look at the number of times a week a parent reads aloud to a child or the number of times a parent brings a child to the public library. The Institute for Museum and Library Services has encouraged the use of Outcome Measurement as a tool both for planning a program and evaluating its success.]

“The Outcome Measures Training was amazing! My head is still buzzing with all the information you shared with us. Thank you, too, for spending your time and energy with us all in helping us understand the process as well as hold our hands as we walked through it all. You all are AWESOME!”

- Kathleen M. Wade, Public Services Manager, Buena Park Library District

“I wanted to reiterate what a great job the State Library staff did on last week's training - they really worked hard, were right on schedule, and it's nice to know that they are so willing to help...”

- Carol Simmons, Director, Daly City Library


California State Public Library Staff Education Program
[The Public Library Staff Education Program (PLSEP) pays the tuition for public library employees who pursue degrees in librarianship. To qualify for the tuition assistance, an applicant must have worked for a public library for at least one year. Currently there are 97 students in library schools who receive tuition assistance under the program, which is funded by LSTA.]

“Due to my busy work schedule, I was only able to take one class per semester my first year [as an MLIS candidate at San Jose State University]…With the financial assistance provided through tuition reimbursement I will be able to complete my degree a year and a half sooner than originally anticipated.”

- Amy Hroziencik, Librarian-to-be, San Diego

“Very soon after beginning my career in libraries, I knew I wanted to pursue a master’s in library science. Having a tuition reimbursement program makes my dream of becoming a librarian so much more plausible than it would have been without the financial support.”

- Renee Farmer

“After working in the library field for 23 years as a paraprofessional, I feel that getting my MLIS is the next most compelling step in my library career…The State Library tuition assistance is so very helpful, even indispensable, since I have many other financial obligations…including a student loan from my undergraduate years, a car payment, and a sizeable rent to pay every month.”

- Giovanna Capone, Senior Library Assistant,
Bookmobile Services, Oakland Public Library


Good Old Librarianship

I want to pass along my appreciation for the help one of your employees, Suzanne Grimshaw, gave me today. After doing some Internet research trying to find a reference, a curator at Yale University gave me a lead and suggested I check for a publication at a local library...I stopped at your facility first. I am very glad that I did for two reasons. First my "itch" was scratched and second it was done so in a very professional, friendly, fantastic manner by Ms. Grimshaw.

- John J. Bergen



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