Executive Summary of the STAR Net Phase 2 Summative Evaluation Report

March 5th, 2019 | EVALUATION

The STAR Library Network Phase 2 (STAR Net) brings inquiry-based STEM learning experiences to public libraries through six traveling exhibits, training for library staff and associated programming for library patrons, and a virtual community of practice for library staff and others interested in bringing STEM programming to libraries. In 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a four-year grant to the Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) and its partners—the American Library Association (ALA), the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), the Afterschool Alliance (AA), and Datum—to develop a hands-on learning program for 66 public libraries and their communities.

Education Development Center (EDC) conducted the summative evaluation of STAR Net Phase 2, investigating the implementation of the project and its impact on library staff and patrons. Methods included pre- and post-exhibit surveys administered to staff from each library that hosted the exhibits; patron surveys; exhibit-related circulation records; and site visits to 12 libraries hosting a STAR Net Discover or Explore exhibit, during which patrons and library staff were observed and interviewed.



Team Members

Ginger Fitzhugh, Author, Education Development Center
Sarah Armstrong, Author, Education Development Center
Sheila Rodriguez, Evaluator, Education Development Center
Vicky Coulon, Evaluator, Education Development Center


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1421427
Funding Amount: $3,293,257.00

Related URLs

Broad Implementation: Phase 2 of the STAR Library Education Network


Access and Inclusion: Rural
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Geoscience and geography | Space science | Technology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Library Exhibits | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Resource Centers and Networks