For Immediate Release
Contact: Margaret Harter
Community Relations Coordinator
812-349-3050; fax 812-349-3051
email: mharter [at] mcpl [dot] info
Bloomington, IN -- Library Journal has identified Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) in its new group of America's Star Libraries, as rated by the LJ Index of Public Library Service, a national rating of public libraries. The Index offers an overall indication of how a library's performance stacks up to peer libraries. The rating puts MCPL in the top 3.6% of public libraries.
"We're thrilled with this new ranking," says library director Sara Laughlin. "It's tangible evidence that we are performing at a high level and cause for celebration for our patrons and our community."
Media attention in recent months has focused on the key role libraries are playing during the current economic crisis. America's Star Libraries identifies 258 libraries nationwide that are delivering exceptional service. Overall, the LJ Index scores 7,268 public libraries  with total expenditures of $10,000 or more that serve populations of at least 1,000 according to four per capita output measures that indicate public service--circulation, visits, program attendance, and public Internet use. The top libraries in each category, organized by ranges of operating expenditures, are assigned five, four, or three MICHELIN Guide-like stars. Based on its score and ranking within its group (libraries with total expenditures of $5--$9.9 million), MCPL has retained its three-star rating from the first round of the new LJ Index issued last February.
Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. It will continue to publish new STAR ratings as soon as possible after each year's national data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services becomes available.
Full article at the Library Journal .