Greenwich Library has been named a five-star library for the third time by Library Journal. The rating is based on 2009 data reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
In June 2008, Library Journal announced a new assessment tool for public libraries--the LJ index of public library service output. It is determined equally by four related per capita output indicators: visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. The top libraries in each category, organized by ranges of operating expenditures, were then assigned five, four, or three stars. This year, 7,513 libraries were evaluated and 262 of those libraries received star ratings.
"The simplest way to explain the local and regional success of Greenwich Library is to point to the indefatigable dedication of the staff, the Trustees and an army of Friends volunteers to fulfill the mission and vision of the Library," said Carol Mahoney, the Library's Director. "All involved are committed to the highest levels of internal and patron service."
Greenwich Library was ranked ninth in the nation among public libraries with budgets between $5 million and $10 million. Other five-star libraries in the same budget category include six Ohio libraries including Upper Arlington and Shaker Heights Public Libraries, and one New York library Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. Three other Connecticut libraries received star ratings: Norfolk Library (five stars in the $200,000 to $399,900 budget category), Darien Library (four stars in the $1 million to $5 million budget category) and David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village (three stars in the $100,000 to $199,900 category).
The article appeared in the November 1, 2011 print edition of Library Journal and is available online at www.libraryjournal.com.
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