Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hennen's American Public Library Ratings Begets News Releases

And and Naperville Sun is one of the first out of the gate.

Library again earns No. 1 national ranking.

Excerpt:   For an unprecedented 10th year in a row, the Naperville Public Library was again ranked No. 1 in the nationwide scorecard issued this week by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings. Almost 8,000 libraries across the nation were part of this ranking. Only 10 libraries across America have made it into all 10 editions, and Naperville is the only one to earn a rank of No. 1 in all 10 editions.

The rankings focus on how busy and library efficiency. Libraries that have low costs per item checked out, high number of visits per capita, and high number of check-outs per staff member receive higher rankings. Hennen's American Public Library Rating Index includes a weighting of 15 different factors.

The 2010 edition of HAPLR ratings is based on data published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2009. The data cover reports from libraries that were filed in 2008, primarily on 2007 activities. Naperville's No. 1 ranking is in the 100,000 to 250,000 population category.

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