In addition to school library impact studies and the LJ Index of Public Library Service, Keith regularly undertakes other projects related to library research and statistics.
Evaluation of Colorado’s State Program Plans for Library Services and Technology Act Funding (October 2016-March 2017, October 2011-March 2012) http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/LSTA/index.htm
All state library agencies must commission independent evaluations of their five-year State Program Plans for spending Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds. Keith conducted these evaluations for Colorado for the two most recent five-year plans, FY 2008-2012 and FY 2013-2017.
Research Institute for Public Libraries (2015 & 2016)
Launched in 2015 by the Colorado State Library (CSL) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) is a singular event for public library leaders and others interested in public library data and evaluation. In this immersive, bootcamp-style event, participants learn practical, strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact.
At the 2015 and 2016 RIPL events, Keith was a highly-rated speaker about research design and statistical benchmarking.
Limitless Libraries Project, Nashville Public Library & Metropolitan Nashville School District (2012-14) http://www.limitlesslibraries.org
From 2012 to 2014, Keith and the RSL Research Group studied the impact of the Limitless Libraries project on students and other beneficiaries. This study involved what we believe to be an unprecedented level of data sharing between Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools. A survey of student participants in Limitless Libraries was also conducted.
Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (FY 2011-14) http://nowhiringatyourlibrary.nebraska.gov/
The Nebraska Library Commission received a grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to provide scholarships and internships to cultivate rural librarians’ 21st Century skills. Keith conducted an independent evaluation of this project.
The Colorado State Library received federal stimulus funds to establish public computing centers in 83 Colorado public libraries. Keith assisted the Library Research Service in evaluating this project.