#50 Self Evaluation And Quality Indicators.

Self Evaluation

Many librarians regard self evaluation and QIs as a waste of time and effort. However, a self evaluation process can have several meaningful outcomes for your library, particularly if the QI’s tie in with those used by the rest of the school. In fact, this is probably essential, as a self evaluation exercise based on criteria and indicators not used by the rest of the school would leave you fairly isolated.

Unfortunately, self evaluation and QIs tend to be one of the processes which can fly with the political wind, and they change often, depending on the prevailing political/educational fashion of the day. The document linked below lays out the guidelines for self evaluation process used in secondary schools 2-3 years ago. However, this will doubtless change soon to incorporate the changes to come under the Curriculum For Excellence (Scotland).

Generally, I think self evaluation and QIs are a good thing, as long as certain conditions apply.

  1. That the school takes the process (and the library’s part in it) seriously
  2. That the librarian takes the process seriously
  3. That assessment is honest
  4. That weaknesses are highlighted as well as strengths
  5. That recommendations are followed up and acted upon

Under these circumstances, the process can be useful for not only evaluation purpose, but as a useful tool for discerning the state of your library; where you are, and where you want to go. It can also be useful for highlighting any CPD needs you may require to attain highlighted goals.

How Good Is Our School? (Secondary Schools, Scotland)

Self-evaluation process for Secondary school libraries and LRCs (England)

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