Iowa Library Services has announced Matilda J. Gibson Memorial 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, 348 – including the Matilda J. Gibson Memorial Library – are accredited. Matilda J. Gibson Memorial 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, 2016.
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. Iowa libraries play key roles in workforce and economic development, lifelong learning and e-government activities. lowans 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 Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, State Librarian Mary Wegner and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Dan Boice.
“The director and board of trustees of the Matilda J. Gibson Memorial Library and the city of Creston are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to
excellence in public library services for their community,” said Wegner.