CAMDEN – For the 14th consecutive year, Camden Public Library (CPL) has earned the distinction of being a ‘Star Library’ as determined by the Library Journal Public Library Service Index (Index).
The library was judged on criteria such as circulation, library visits, program participation and public Internet use per capita, and compared to peer libraries. CPL also received the Index’s estimated five-star rating, their highest possible rating, for the 12th consecutive year.
The 2021 index was derived from data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for FY19. A total of 5,846 US public libraries have been categorized into groups based on total operating expenses. Libraries that generate the highest combined results per capita among their spendthrift peers are given five, four and three star ratings. Among its peer group – which includes 1,180 libraries across the country with expenditures of $ 400,000 to $ 999.9,000 – CPL achieved the second-highest overall score on the index, with a total of 4,427 points.
“The Camden Library’s long life as a featured library is a testament to our commitment to providing excellent library service, our wonderful staff and the support we receive from the community,” said Library Executive Director Nikki Maounis. , in a press release. “We like to say that a city with a big library is a big city. This is what we try to do every day of the week.
Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the field of library services, with over 100,000 readers. The LJ Index scoring system was first introduced in 2008 to recognize and promote US public libraries, to help improve the pool of library statistics collected nationally, and to encourage library self-assessment. For more information on the Index, visit libraryjournal.com.
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