2012 Kansas Public Library Standards released
The newest version of the State Standards helps libraries improve service,
collections, and information access
Topeka, KS, — The State Library of Kansas, working in cooperation with the seven Regional Library Systems, has announced the release of the 2012 Kansas Public Library Standards. The Standards contain goals for libraries that reflect challenging, but attainable, levels of library service while recognizing the contributions that public libraries currently make to the lives of Kansas residents and to the vitality of Kansas communities.
The last Public Library Standards document was published in 2006, and was the latest revision of 1988′s Measurements of Quality: Public Library Standards for Kansas. Public Library Standards are reviewed periodically, in the public interest, to insure the quality of the state’s public libraries.
The Kansas Public Library Standards identify library service levels corresponding to service populations. Standards are defined for the structure and governance of libraries, planning, marketing and community outreach, funding and budget, library services and resources, automation and technology, and facilities. Recommendations relating to library staffing, including salaries and education levels, are part of the Standards.
Kansas has a long tradition of library service. Public Library Standards have been used to measure, guide and nurture exemplary library service in our state for many years. This newest version of the Kansas Public Library Standards will help libraries measure their current level of library service, and serve as a planning tool for future growth and development
The complete 2012 Kansas Public Library Standards can be found on the Kansas Regional Library Systems website.