Written by Denise Nash Friday, 29 May 2009 08:05The Library Journal recently identified star libraries throughout the United States; and the Jericho Public Library was included on that list and received five stars.
The rating of public libraries is based on an index by Ray Lyons and Keith Curry Lance and sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat; and it rated 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.
A state-by-state glance shows the New York libraries walked away with the most stars with 34, with five libraries coming from Nassau County.
Lyons and Lance reflected on some of the factors impacting service levels, including location and demographics, organization and funding, and leadership and management.
“Since the LJ Index rates libraries on four representative service outputs, it measures what may be thought of as ‘prerequisites’ for library quality and value,” they said. “A library that excels on the Index is very likely to be headed in the direction of high service quality and excellence.”
“The Jericho community has always valued education and libraries and this acknowledgment reflects that dedication,” said Jericho Library Director Barbara Kessler, who attributes the library’s rating to caring customer service as well as an inviting environment. “A motivated staff, a supportive board of trustees and a strong director all contribute to the success of any library. This rating only serves to give us the incentive to engage in a more in-depth examination on how we can better serve the Jericho community in the coming year.”