Responding to the White Paper

NILPPA is designed to develop a research framework — a plan for the collection and interpretation of data regarding library programming — and to implement it over a five-year period. Considering both the importance of this work and the enormous variety of programs presented by libraries of all sizes and types, this project requires significant input from the library field. As described in the introduction, the first meetings have already taken place. This document both describes the content and outcomes of the preliminary work and invites further contributions and feedback from the field.

As you read this white paper, consider how you and your library relate to its findings and concerns. Are these similar to the questions you are asking? Are there important issues that are omitted? Do you have promising practices to share? What components of a research framework are most important to you?

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If you would like to provide feedback about this paper, share your reflections on this project and how it relates to your work, or add your own questions, please submit comments to Mary Davis Fournier at mfournier@ala.org or share comments via the project web page: NILPPA.org.


As you read this white paper, consider how you and your library relate to its findings and concerns. Does the white paper address issues that you’ve been wondering about? Are there important issues that are omitted? Do you have promising practices to share?


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