Vineyard libraries receive star ratings


For the second year in a row, the West Tisbury Free Public Library has won a five-star rating from the Library Journal (LJ) Index of Public Library Service. The Oak Bluffs Public Library also is a star library with three stars, according to a press release.

“We’re all delighted,” West Tisbury library director Beth Kramer said. “This award is particularly welcome at this moment, when the library is conducting a capital campaign to expand our facility. A five-star rating shows not only that our library is vital to the community, but that our staff is making extremely good use of our existing resources.”

Each year the LJ Index rates 7,407 public libraries across the nation, identifying 258 as “star” libraries. The top libraries in each group get five, four, or three stars. For the sake of comparison, libraries are divided into expenditure categories. The West Tisbury library ranked third in the nation in its category of $200,000-399,900. Criteria include per capita circulation, visits, program attendance, and public internet use.

The 2010 awards were based on 2008 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency. Only ten public libraries in Massachusetts were identified as “star” libraries, two of them on Martha’s Vineyard. The Library Journal does not include libraries serving populations under 1,000.

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