What Makes a Library Program?

It’s more than just a good idea with effective execution. Through our research, analysis, surveys, and case studies, we developed a framework for identifying the dimensions and subdimensions of successful programming.

Originally published in 2019, the Library Program Dimensions are dynamic, and we anticipate that they will change as the library profession does.

DimensionPrimary SubdimensionOther Subdimensions
LIBRARY PROFILELibrary Type
  • Public
  • Academic
  • K-12
  • Special
Library Subtype

Geographic Area

Community Demographics

Library Size and Capacity
PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICSPrimary Intended Outcome
  • Participants learn new knowledge
  • Participants learn new skills
  • Participants change their attitudes
  • Participants change their behaviors
  • Participants gain awareness of library resources, services, or programs
  • Participants have fun or are inspired
  • Together, libraries and communities build stronger and healthier communities
Program Topic

Program Format

Location

Deliverer

Program Frequency
PROGRAM AUDIENCEAudience Scope
  • Appealing to a library's entire audience
  • Appealing to a subset of the library's entire audience
Target Audience Demographics

Actual Audience Demographics
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIONDevelopment Model
  • Developed by the library itself
  • Developed by or with a community partner
  • Developed by a national or regional organization
Funding (library, patron, partner, etc.)

Specific Sponsors or Partners