Iowa Library Services has announced that Emmetsburg Public 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 Emmetsburg Public Library) are accredited. The Emmetsburg 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, 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.
Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through Iowa Library Services' Enrich Iowa program.
"The Director and Board of Trustees of Emmetsburg Public Library and the city of Emmetsburg are to be commended for this achi- evement and their commitment ot excellence in public library services for their community," said Mary Wegner, State Librarian.