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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Mississippi Libraries Earn Star Status

By Susan Liles, PR Director

Recently the Mississippi Library Commission (MLC) named 12 library systems as Mississippi Library Stars for FY 2015. The concept of Library Stars comes from the national professional magazine, Library Journal. The publication separates library systems into categories by expenditures that they report on the annual Public Library Statistics report that is submitted to the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The star ratings are then calculated by comparing libraries' per capita rates in four areas:
  • Visits per capita
  • Circulation per capita
  • Total program attendance per capita
  • Public Internet terminal uses per capita
While Mississippi does not currently have any national Library Journal Library Stars, MLC has awarded Mississippi Library Stars to the best-scoring libraries in this state, recognizing the three highest-scoring library systems in each of four expenditure categories. Mississippi Library Library Stars were awarded to the following libraries for their performance in FY 2015 (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2016):

Hancock County Library is a Mississippi Star Library!
$50,000-$300,000 Expenditure Category
Sunflower County is a Mississippi Star Library!

Lamar County Library System is a Mississippi Star Library!
The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, & Forrest County is a Mississippi Star Library!
The winning libraries received a certificate and a Mississippi Star Library star to feature on their website. For further information on the Mississippi Star libraries, contact Joy Garretson, MLC Library Development Director.

The Mississippi Library Commission supports innovative programs and initiatives to strengthen and enhance library services for all Mississippians. The agency is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, with additional funding provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), offering leadership in library services, advocacy, and training for library professionals and paraprofessionals.

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