Lake Park library receives accreditation

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Lake Park Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in "In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition."

Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality library services. The Lake Park Public 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, 2020.

"The director and board of trustees of the Lake Park Public Library and the city of Lake Park are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community," state librarian Michael Scott said.

Of Iowa's 544 public libraries, 349 -- including the Lake Park Public Library -- are accredited. 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. Iowans 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 the State Library's Enrich Iowa program. They also receive a certificate of accreditation signed by Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Scott and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Dale Vande Haar.

For more information on the Lake Park Public Library go to lakeparkpubliclibrary.com.

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