Library earns fifth five-star rating

Greenwich Library has once again proven itself to be a winner, having been named a five-star library for the fifth time by Library Journal. The rating is based on 2011 data reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

This is the sixth time Greenwich Library has been recognized as an outstanding library during this prestigious rating’s six-year existence.

“We are honored to receive a five-star rating once again. This acknowledgment is directly tied to the community’s use of the library and its resources, as well as our Strategic Plan, ‘My Library: Connecting Our Community’,” said Carol Mahoney, Greenwich Library’s director. “This plan is our roadmap to adapt to the changing needs of the Greenwich community and we are very pleased to be recognized for the sixth year.”

The Library Journal index of public library service is determined equally by four related per capita output indicators — visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. The top libraries in each category, organized by ranges of operating expenditures, are assigned five, four or three stars.

Greenwich Library was ranked sixth in the nation among public libraries with budgets between $5 million and $10 million, moving up one spot from the previous year.

The 2011-2012 time span marked the first year of the library’s five-year Strategic Plan. Staff implemented several new initiatives, including embracing emerging digital media into the collections, as well as meeting the needs of residents by making strategic programming choices. According to Ms. Mahoney, the library continues to build the framework for many more exciting improvements to come.

For further information on Greenwich Library’s five-star rating, see the Nov. 1 print edition of Library Journal or go online to Libraryjournal.com.

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