Rockland library designated a Star Library for fifth time

Nov 14, 2012

Rockland — Rockland Public Library was once again designated a Star Library by the industry’s leading periodical, Library Journal.

This year it is one of only six libraries in Maine and 262 in the country (out of 9,225 public libraries in the United States) to be so designated. Other public libraries in Maine to be named were Camden Public Library, Southwest Harbor Public Library, Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta, Whitherle Memorial Library in Castine, and Guilford Public Library.

The index compares the output measures of circulation per capita, library visits per capita, program attendance per capita, and public Internet terminal usage per capita to other libraries in peer groups based on expenditure categories. Rockland and Camden were both in the group with expenditures ranging from $400,000 to $999,000 per year. Rockland and Camden were the only two libraries in Maine to have received this designation for all five of the years Library Journal has done this indexing.

While Library Journal is quick to point out that these figures measure the quantity of services provided, rather than the quality, surveys and other information gathering techniques all indicate that vast majority Rockland Public Library users are pleased with the quality of service they receive.

According to library director Amy Levine, “Rockland library staff strive to provide service which is professional, yet friendly. We want users to feel both welcomed and well-served”.

With half of the Maine star libraries in the Midcoast region, these high per capita numbers show extraordinary local library usage. And with Maine in the top 10 in the country according to this year’s index, it is clear that Maine residents use and value their local public libraries.

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