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2018 TSLAC Rolling Library DIY online guides. Shared makerspace resources between BSB, Patrick Heath, New Braunfels, Johnson City, Tye Preston, and Blanco libraries.

Rolling Library DIY Grant Info

This collaboration between public libraries within 40 miles of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library will provide each participating library with portable, rotating, shared DIY materials and equipment, training for library staff, programming ideas for guided DIY workshops, which will progress into more advanced, autonomous use of the equipment, and a network of colleagues with whom to share expertise.

The participating libraries will carry out their community’s lifelong learning goals more effectively by providing adults and youth with increased opportunities to advance their abilities from using and tinkering to experimenting and creating in a safe environment while our close proximity allows for easy access to technical help when needed.

Evaluating

Outcome 1:
Library staff members and/or volunteers will be able to effectively host programs using the rotating
equipment.
 
Method of Data Collection for Outcome 1:

  • Before and after surveys will be conducted at the beginning and end of each training session.

  • Users will provide voluntary evaluations of their experiences with the assistance of staff members and/or volunteers.

Effectiveness of Service for Outcome 1:

  • 100% of trained staff members and/or volunteers will demonstrate competence at the end of each training session.

  • At least 75% of the user provided staff evaluations dated Feburary 2018 through August 2018 will express confidence in the staff’s ability to use the equipment and teach the public to use the equipment.

Outcome 2:
The public will be aware of the library's DIY resources.
 
Method of Data Collection for Outcome 2:

  • Evidence of actual announcements (clippings, printouts, recordings, pictures, etc.) will be collected. Users of the DIY services will be asked how they found out about the service and their answers will be recorded.

  • Count the number of people attending DIY programs and events.

Effectiveness of Service for Outcome 2:
When users are asked how they heard about DIY service, at least 3 news venues (e.g., newspaper, radio, television, social media, and presentations at city council/county commissioners or chamber of commerce meetings) will be (collectively) identified.
 
Outcome 3:
The community will value the library’s services.
 
Method of Data Collection for Outcome 3:

  • Count the number of community members who use equipment. Ask returning users to relate to library staff why they are using the service and what it means to them.

 Effectiveness of Service for Outcome 3:
The equipment will be used by community members at least once per week.  Libraries will collect at least one anecdote stating how the program has improved that person’s life or contributed toward educational goals.

Timeline for Grant Activities

September 2017 - Collaborating partners meet to plan projects and make purchase decisions;
Purchase van; Purchase initial materials; set up online guide
 
October 2017 – Receive equipment and materials; prepare programming curriculum;
begin training trainers; add information to online guide
 
November 2017 – Deliver equipment; begin training trainers; begin programming with community
members. Add information to online guide. Submit Q1 LBB performance report.
 
December 2017 – Community members have access to equipment for use after they receive
competency certification through safety training instruction. Add information to online guide.
 
January 2018 – Library staff who will be receiving next rotation of equipment attend event at the
location who has the equipment they will be receiving for training purposes.  Each participating
library is now involved in training the trainers from another library. Add information to online guide.

Collaborating partners meet to discuss and evaluate programming &equipment, plan additional
projects, make additional purchase decisions
 
February 2018 – Equipment rotation, programming with community members. Add information to
online guide.
 
March 2018 - Community members have access to equipment for use after they receive competency
certification through safety training instruction. Add information to online guide. Submit Q2 LBB
performance report.
 
April 2018 - Library staff who will be receiving next rotation of equipment attend event at the location
who has the equipment they will be receiving for training purposes.  Each participating library is now
involved in training the trainers from another library. Add information to online guide.  
Collaborating partners meet to discuss and evaluate programming &equipment, plan additional
projects
 
May 2018 - Equipment rotation, programming with community members. Add information to online
guide.
 
June & July 2018 – Programming with equipment during Summer Reading.  Community members
have access to equipment for use after they receive competency certification through safety training
instruction.  Add information to online guide. Submit Q3 LBB performance report.
 
August 2018 - Library staff who will be receiving next rotation of equipment attend event at the
location who has the equipment they will be receiving for training purposes.  Each participating
library is now involved in training the trainers from another library. Add information to online guide.
Collaborating partners meet to discuss and evaluate programming &equipment, plan additional
projects
 
September 2018 - Collate surveys and submit final reports.