18. How do I know if I've succeeded?
Encouraging more students to read (and students to read more) should be a long-term campaign. Have clear aims at the outset, decide which activities you’ll try in the first year, the second year, and so on; build in milestones and celebrations and keep collecting evidence.
As elsewhere, evidence can be quantitative – number of students in the library; borrowing data from library management system; and remember to keep event attendance figures by gender – or qualitative, covering improvements in pupils’ curriculum work; improvements you have noted, in confidence, writing reviews, behaviour, etc.; and anecdotes from students themselves. There are many more aspects you can measure (increased motivation, for example), and ways of measuring (observation, survey, interviews, polls).
Remember that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, so photograph all you do, circulate these, and add them to reports. Quirky photographs of students reading in the library bring home the impact you’re having, as do the ‘extreme reading’ photographs you can invite others to take.