Press release submitted by Davenport Library|
Iowa Library Services has announced that the Davenport Public 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, 349 - including the Davenport Public Library - are
accredited. The Davenport Public 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, 2015.
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, and use of our public libraries continues to increase
each year. 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
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 Monica Gohlinghorst.
Said Wegner: "The director and board of trustees of the Davenport Public Library and the city
of Davenport are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence
in public library services for their community."
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