Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 9:07 am
In its latest round of evaluation of public libraries nationwide, Library Journal has once again awarded Worthington Libraries a five-star rating.
Library Journal recently announced its Index of Public Library Service 2011, and for the fourth time Worthington Libraries 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.
More than 7,000 libraries were evaluated, but only 262 received a starred rating. Only 85 libraries received a five-star rating.
Worthington Libraries was ranked third in its peer group, behind only the Upper Arlington Public Library in Upper Arlington, Ohio and the Westerville Public Library in Westerville, Ohio.