Last week, Library Journal released this year’s LJ Index of public library service performance. The LJ Index is a national rating system designed to recognize and promote America’s public libraries.
We’re proud to announce that Waukee Public Library’s LJ Index score ranked in the 90th percentile nationally. Given the approximate nature of national library ratings systems, this does not necessarily mean that our service is greater than 90% of all public libraries in the country.
LJ Index scores measure the levels of library service delivery relative to peer libraries nationally. The scores do not indicate the quality, effectiveness, or value of library services, nor whether the quantities of services provided sufficiently address community needs. Our library examines these important issues locally by hosting monthly forums with the public during our Board Meetings, held on the second Tuesday of every month.
Now in its 5th year, Library Journal gauged U.S. libraries against an Index of Public Library Service (LJI), a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries on the quantities of services they deliver.
Naturally, we are proud of our score, but are eager for improved results. We continually seek to improve service and our library members are a big part of how we measure success.