ERIC Number: ED382199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting Libraries and Schools Project (CLASP) Evaluation. Report #7. Final Report.
Small, Ruth V.; And Others
This report represents a summary of the results of the evaluation of the Connecting Libraries and Schools Project (CLASP) conducted from February 1993 through October 1994. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the degree to which CLASP was successful in reaching its three project goals: (1) to establish library use among students at the critical early stages of their intellectual development; (2) to organize public librarians, parents, and school personnel in cooperative activities that encourage the productive use of library resources; and (3) to develop models for cooperative services and institutional collaboration that could be replicated elsewhere. This report summarizes and synthesizes the findings, conclusions, and recommendations presented throughout the evaluation process and documented in 10 reports and other documents. For three evaluation studies based on on-site data collection, this report includes the project objectives, design methodology, findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The initial evaluation plan and the selection of sites and instruments is also described. A summary of other activities carried out to supplement or improve the evaluation effort and to enable the project to be carried successfully beyond the pilot phase is also provided. The evaluation showed that CLASP had considerable success in reaching the first formal project goal, to establish library use among children. For the second goal, there was some effort but little success project-wide due to various constraints. CLASP made little progress toward the third goal, to develop models for cooperative services and institutional collaboration. The report ends with a general assessment of CLASP and recommendations for improving it as it moves toward self-sufficiency and expansion. Seven tables illustrate data, and a 12-page appendix provides a detailed discussion of the evaluation project's methodology. (Contains 15 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Information Management Consultant Services, Inc., Manlius, NY.