[library-media] Utah Libraries Rank 2nd In Nation

Fawn Morgan fmorgan@dsdmail.net
Fri, 12 Nov 2004 14:54:30 -0700

The following article ran in the Deseret News on Thursday, November 4,
2004. Since our school libraries benefit from strong public libraries,
UELMA congratulates Utah's public libraries.

    "Utah's public libraries rank second in the nation, according to a
new study released last month that offers a national record card on the
public libraries in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

     "The sixth annual Hennen's American Public Library Rating Index -
HAPLR - is based on data filed by libraries in 2003.  The HAPLR uses
government statistics, collected from approximately 9,000 libraries.
Libraries are rated on 15 factors including staffing, circulation,
budget and materials. Factors are weighted and scored. Individual
libraries are also ranked according to population categories.

      "Three Utah library systems were also ranked in the top 10
separately in population-based categories.  The Mount Pleasant Public
Library, Sanpete County, is ranked fourth in the nation among the 1,308
total libraries serving a population of 2,500 to 4,999 people.

      "The Salt Lake City Library placed sixth nationally among the 329
libraries in the United States serving between 100,000 and 249,900
people.  Salt Lake County's Library System is rated seventh overall for
the largest population division, serving populations of more than
500,000 people. A total of 77 libraries are in that category. 

      "Donna Jones Morris, director of the Utah State Library Division,
said these high rankings reflect the high public support for libraries
in the Beehive State."


Fawn Morgan

Fawn Morgan                 fmorgan@dsdmail.net
Library Media Teacher, Head Librarian, Jr. Class Advisor, Realms Club 
UELMA President           http://uelma.org

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