In its fifth edition of annual evaluations of public libraries nationwide, Library Journal, the oldest and most prestigious publication covering library services, has awarded the Library District a 3-Star rating. This is the first year we have received such an honor.
This year, 7,570 libraries were evaluated for The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012 and 262 libraries received Star designations. In the Library District’s expenditure category of over $30 million, the libraries with the top 15 scores were identified. They were then divided into groups of five and assigned a 5-Star, 4-Star or 3-Star ranking based on 2010 per capita service output statistics of patron visits, program attendance, circulation and public Internet computer use.
“We are thrilled to be named a Star Library,” said Executive Director Jeanne Goodrich. “To be named a Star Library by Library Journal speaks to how the services we provide are used and appreciated by our community. It’s gratifying to have our efforts affirmed in this way, particularly in light of the tremendous economic challenges shared by the Library District and our community during these past few years.”