Iowa Library Services has announced that the Johnston Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Fifth Edition.”
Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality library services. Of Iowa’s 544 public libraries, 349 – including the Johnston Public Library – are accredited. The Johnston Public Library has been recognized for its efforts in all areas of library operations including governance and funding, staffing, library collection, services, public relations, access, and facilities. The accreditation is valid through June 30, 2015.
Iowa’s accredited public libraries are recognized for being responsive to their communities and for exhibiting excellence in their provision of library services. More than two-thirds of all Iowans have active public library cards, and use of our public libraries continues to increase each year. Iowa Libraries play key roles in workforce and economic development, lifelong learning and e-government activities. Iowa use their libraries to find jobs, do homework, locate a good book to read, research medical conditions, access government information, and more.
Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through Iowa Library Services’ Enrich Iowa program. They also receive a Certificate of Accreditation signed by Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, State Librarian Mary Wegner, and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Monica Gohlinghorst.
Said Wegner: “The director and board of trustees of the Johnston Public Library and the city of Johnston are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community.”