Information Institute Issues Gale Training Evaluation, 2009-2010: Final Report (December 1, 2009 – June 15, 2010)

Since 2002, the Information Use Management and Policy Institute (Information Institute) of Florida State University’s College of Communication and Information has engaged in multiple evaluations of the Florida Electronic Library (FEL). The Information Institute recently completed a Gale Training Evaluation effort, with the goal to assist the State Library in evaluating (1) the Gale training program’s increase on FEL usage, (2) the extent to which library staff is able to be self-sufficient in using FEL-Gale resources and to train others using the Gale training program, and (3) the effect of the Gale marketing plan on FEL awareness.

The final report, written by Lauren H. Mandel, Charles R. McClure, PhD, and Karen C. Doster, highlights trends in usage and awareness levels of the FEL between November 2009 and May 2010, as well as indications that the Gale trainings are effective in training library staff members to be self-sufficient users of the FEL, as well as training them to have the ability to train others in using the FEL.

This report builds on prior assessments of the FEL conducted by the Information Institute for the State Library – for more information on these reports, see <>.

For more information on this project, see the project abstract and project reports (first and second interim reports and the final report).