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ALA Preconference

Outcomes + Outreach = Outstanding Summer Reading Programs

presented by the Illinois and California Library Associations

Friday, June 28, 2013 | 11:00pm-4:00pm | $125

Register today!

  • Are you looking for ways to keep your summer reading program vital, dynamic, and relevant?
  • Would you like to start presenting outcomes-based summer reading programs but don't know where to start?
  • Do you want to reach out successfully to underserved community members during the summer?

Then this workshop is for you! Our hands-on session will give you a framework and techniques for planning and presenting successful outcomes- and outreach-based summer reading programs. Participants will learn how to:

  • conduct a community needs assessment;
  • develop meaningful outcomes and measurement tools;
  • reach out effectively to your community and underserved groups;
  • evaluate the impact of your summer reading program;
  • generate results that show the value and impact of summer reading;
  • use results to improve library service, promote the library, and generate funding.

The workshop will help librarians transition from presenting programs that merely measure outputs to creating programs that record benefits. While the workshop will focus on summer reading, the skills acquired by participants will be transferable to other areas of library service.

Feedback from librarians who attended our workshop in 2012:

  • "Excellent info... my head is spinning but in a good way!"
  • "Well worth the time and money."
  • "Excellent -- thank you!"
  • "Great! Librarians should do more of this!"

Questions? Contact Natalie Cole, CLA Associate Executive Director


  • Lori Easterwood, Programming and Partnerships Coordinator, Sacramento Public Library, CA
  • Helen Fisher, Library Director, Ontario City Library, CA
  • Cindy Mediavilla, Library Programs Consultant, California State Library
  • Eva Mitnick, Children's Services Coordinator, Los Angeles Public Library, CA
  • Virginia Walter, Outcomes Trainer and Consultant, and Professor Emeritus, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
  • Michele Wyss, Youth Services Director, Forman Valley Public Library District, Manito, IL

Lori Easterwood is Programming and Partnerships Coordinator for the Sacramento Public Library, which effectively uses summer reading data and research to raise funds for the library. She is chair of CLA's summer reading advisory council and a contributor to the iREAD summer reading Resource Guide. Although she holds Master's degrees in both Library Science and American Literature, most days Lori is pretty sure that a good internship with Martha Stewart would have been better preparation for this stage of her career.

Helen Fisher is Library Director for Ontario City Library. In the past year she has worked with staff to develop the mission, vision, and values to guide the library into the future. Previously, Helen worked for San Bernardino County Library where her positions included Regional Manager and Youth Services Coordinator. She has coordinated county-wide and regional summer reading workshops, and she was a member of CLA's summer reading outcomes task force.

Former public librarian Cindy Mediavilla is Library Programs Consultant for the California State Library and part-time lecturer at the UCLA Department of Information Studies. She is also a popular workshop presenter and freelance consultant. She has assessed library services throughout California and is perhaps best known for her research on after-school homework programs. Cindy has an MLS and PhD from UCLA. 

Eva Mitnick is Children's Services Coordinator at the Los Angeles Public Library, where she has worked since 1987, and where she coordinates the outcomes- and outreach-based summer reading program. She has served on several ALA and CLA committees and is also an adjunct professor at UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, teaching courses on library services to children.

Virginia Walter is an active trainer and consultant and professor emeritus of UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She has evaluated youth development and librarian recruitment initiatives at the Free Library of Philadelphia for more than ten years, and is currently involved in outcome evaluation for the California State Library's Family Place grant and the California Summer Reading Program. Her most recent book is Twenty-First-Century Kids, Twenty-First-Century Librarians. She continues to teach the Children's Literature course at UCLA and is a Past President of the Association of Library Service for Children and the California Society of Librarians. She holds an MLIS from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Michele Wyss is the Youth Services Director at Forman Valley Public Library in Manito, IL. Michele has been at the library for over 21 years, and has been in charge of the library's summer reading program for over 18 years. Michele has served on the iREAD committee for 5 years and was the 2013 chair for Have Book - Will Travel!


The California Summer Reading Program is a project of the California Library Association, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act,a federal grant program administered in California by the State Librarian.