Library Journal Debuts Comprehensive New Public Library Rating
-- Library Journal, 02/17/2009
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This week, Library Journal released its new national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service. By Ray Lyons and Keith Curry Lance, and sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat, the new index rates 7,115 public libraries according to four output measures that indicate public service—circulation per capita, visits per capita, program attendance per capita, and public Internet uses per capita—based on 2006 data collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and published in late 2008.
The top libraries in each category, organized by ranges of operating expenditures, were then assigned five, four, or three Michelin guide-esque stars. A total of 256 libraries received star ratings, and the index is detailed in the February 15 issue of the magazine, America's Star Libraries. For more, go to the LJ Index main page.
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