Iowa Library Services has announced that the Hawkins Memorial 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 the Hawkins Memorial Library, are accredited. The Hawkins Memorial 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. 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 Iowa Library Services’ Enrich Iowa program. They also receive a Certificate of Accreditation signed by Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, State Librarian Mary Wegner, and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Dan Boice.
Said Wegner, “The director and board of trustees of the Hawkins Memorial Library and the city of La Porte City are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community.”