NASA@ My Library Phase 1 Summative Evaluation Report

March 31st, 2021 | EVALUATION

With funding from the NASA Science Activation program, the Space Science Institute (SSI) launched NASA@ My Library in 2016. The vision of NASA@ My Library was to help public libraries and state library agencies increase NASA and STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the U.S., including those in geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education. SSI worked closely with its partners, including the American Library Association (ALA), Cornerstones of Science (CoS), the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), and the Pacific Science Center’s Portal to the Public Network (PoPNet).

Education Development Center (EDC) conducted the external evaluation of NASA@ My Library. This summative evaluation report describes the findings from Phase 1 of the project, which took place from 2016-2020. The evaluation utilized mixed methods to investigate the implementation of the project and its outcomes. EDC administered pre- and post-exhibit surveys to library staff from the 75 partner libraries; conducted interviews and focus groups with library staff and SLA staff; collected more than 15,000 patron surveys following attendance at a NASA@ My Library program; observed virtual SME programs; conducted site visits to a sample of libraries to observe library programs and interview library staff and patrons; and reviewed annual reports partner libraries submitted to ALA describing their NASA@ My Library activities.



Team Members

Ginger Fitzhugh, Evaluator, Education Development Center
Jennifer Jocz, Evaluator, Education Development Center
Carrie Liston, Evaluator, Education Development Center
Jennifer Stiles, Evaluator, Education Development Center


Funding Source: NASA
Funding Program: Science Activitation
Award Number: NNX16AE30A

Related URLs

NASA@ My Library


Access and Inclusion: Rural
Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Space science
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Library Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs | Resource Centers and Networks