Apples and Oranges: An Indicator for Assessing the Relative Impact of Library Events


  • John Jackson Loyola Marymount University
  • Raymundo Andrade Loyola Marymount University
  • Carol Raby Loyola Marymount University
  • Rhonda Rosen Loyola Marymount University



Programming, Assessment, Visualizations, Outreach, Surveys


This article details one library’s attempt to create a simple assessment method for evaluating the relative engagement of program attendees across a variety of events. The indicator--a combination of perceived level of engagement and calculated level of certainty--can be used alongside other metrics to give a fuller view of overall impact of library programming. By conducting this study, the authors created a method by which to quickly assess and prioritize the most and least impactful events within a particular set.


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