How you develop your library space, services and programmes should be guided by research, library best practices and the evidence you’ve gathered about your own library.

Learn how to collect and analyse evidence and use it to improve your library environment, its collections or the services that support teaching and learning.

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Evidence-based practice and why it matters Using evidence-based practice will help you identify your users' needs, point to potential improvements, and measure the impact of any changes you make.
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Planning successful user-centred change When you need to change or want to improve your library services, a systematic approach will help make those changes as successful as possible.
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Gathering evidence from existing research and knowledge Existing school library research and information about best practice can help you make informed decisions about how you manage your library. It can show improvements you could make that may create better outcomes for students.
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Gathering your own evidence Use our overview of research types and methods to help you choose the best options for gathering evidence when you're developing your library.
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Turning evidence into action Find out how to use research and evidence to guide decisions about your library as part of a cycle of continuous improvement.
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Journey mapping for school library design Finding out how your students use the library can help you improve the design of your library and the way you manage its services. Creating a journey map can help you gather this information.