Worthington Libraries named 5-Star Library for second time

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 4:33 pm

In its second round of evaluation of public libraries nationwide, Library Journal has once again awarded Worthington Libraries a five-star rating.

Library Journal Index 2009 Star Library logo

Library Journal recently announced the results of "Round 2" of its tool for ranking America's libraries, and Worthington Libraries again received a five-star rating—the best possible—in its category of libraries with total annual operating expenditures of over $5 million but less than $10 million.

To earn a starred rating, a library must:

  • provide public service statistics, including materials checked out, patron visits, public Internet computer use and program attendance (libraries were evaluated on these items relative to the performance of other libraries in their peer group);
  • meet the Institute of Museum & Library Services definition of a public library;
  • have $10,000 or more in total operating expenditures annually; and
  • serve a legal service area population of 1,000 or more residents.

Over 7,000 libraries were evaluated, but only 258 received a starred rating. Only 85 libraries received a five-star rating; only 200 libraries earned a second starred rating in round two of the evaluation.

Worthington Libraries was ranked third in its peer group, behind only the Upper Arlington Public Library in Upper Arlington, Ohio and the Shaker Heights Public Library in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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