Evaluation of the Maine State Library’s Implementation of the Library Services & Technology Act Five-Year State Plan - 2003-2007

Prepared by Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants, March 24, 2007

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Table of Contents

  • Introductory Statement and Summary of Impact of IMLS Funds to Support State Library Services
  • Overall Report of Results in Achieving Goals and Objectives Based on the Five-Year Plan
  • GOAL 1:   Improve services, increase access, and improve efficiency for Outreach Services users.
  • GOAL 2:   Encourage all Maine children to read and provide equal support for blind, visually or physically impaired, and rural youth.   
  • GOAL 3:   Launch and sustain a comprehensive public information campaign and develop resources that will spread awareness and increase use of Outreach Services and assistive technologies in libraries throughout the state.  
  • GOAL 4:   Ensure that all Maine residents have convenient and timely access to all Maine libraries and information services through Maine Info Net, which provides live integrated library software, interlibrary cooperation, and resource sharing arrangements
  • GOAL 5:   Improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness of resource sharing among Maine Libraries.
  • GOAL 6:   Expand easily accessible electronic information sources to all Maine residents.
  • Results of In-depth Evaluation:  MARVEL!
  • Progress in Showing Results of Library Initiatives or Services: Outreach Services
  • Lessons Learned
  • Brief Description of the Evaluation Process
  • Appendix A: Focus Group Report
  • Appendix B: Interview Report
  • Appendix C: Web Survey Report