Local library rated silver


Kimball Public Library was recently named an accredited Nebraska library by Nebraska Library Commission Library Development Director Richard Miller.

In a recent news release Miller stated, “We are dedicated to helping Nebraska libraries meet Nebraskans’ information needs, opening up the world of information for citizens of all ages. The Library Commission continues to work in partnership with Nebraska libraries and the regional library systems, using the Public Library Accreditation program to help public libraries grow and develop.”

The accreditation process, which is repeated every three years, ensures the library is current and a viable source of information for the public, according to Kimball Public Library Director Jan Sears.

“We have to meet certain criteria set by the Nebraska Library Commission, such as hours open, continuing education for the staff and board, offering free internet and wifi, as well as a long list of optional services,” Sears said.

Points are given for each item the library successfully addresses and the total determines the level of accreditation. Levels include the bronze level, which reaches 175 points of the total available, 275. The Kimball Public Library, which has maintained accreditation for many years, is at the Silver level, meaning 200 points were attained of the available 275.

“This year one of the new requirements was a 3-5 year strategic plan. This was a big project. The strategic planning committee met several times and made suggestions for the library based on surveys and ideas submitted by the members and the public,” Sears said. “The library board approved a final strategic plan; goals and objectives were compiled and the library staff will try their best to implement the plans and reach the goals.”

The Nebraska Library Commission congratulates the accredited public libraries as they move forward toward the realization of this vision for the future: “All Nebraskans will have improved access to enhanced library and information services, provided and facilitated by qualified library personnel, boards, and supporters with the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes necessary to provide excellent library and information services.”

For patrons, this means that the library will provide the best service possible, following the guidelines and standards set by the board.

“We strive to provide the same quality of service as other libraries of the same size and rural setting,” Sears said.


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