The political and strategic dimensions of library evaluation

Evaluating public service libraries is one of the functions of the political and strategic evaluation of public policy. Only through this political perspective it is possible to distinguish between straightforward needs that “cannot be met by private initiative” and consider a strategic perspective acknowledging the remarkable progress of library evaluation and the contribution of the social sciences. To this end, the political decision-makers who act as project managers and the library professionals who implement the projects on the ground take full and impartial control of all aspects of the definition and evaluation of the tasks, aims, and objectives of the libraries they run.