Imperial library earns state accreditation for three years
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The Nebraska Library Commission has accredited public libraries across the state. Lied Imperial Public Library is one of those receiving a three-year accreditation.
“We are dedicated to helping libraries meet Nebraskans’ information needs, opening up the world of information for citizens of all ages,” said Library Development Director Richard Miller.
“The Library Commission continues to work in partnership with Nebraska libraries and the regional library systems, using the Public Library Accreditation program to help public libraries grow.”
Library Director Beth Falla said the library has always been accredited, and a number of factors must be achieved to receive it.
Those include providing a certain number of hours of service, including weekends and nights; a childrens’ program; computers; WiFi; purchasing a certain number of books per year; weeding out a certain number of books per year; a strategic plan; circulating a certain number of items per year per population; having a certain number of employees for the population, and spending a proportion of dollars per capita for books and materials.
What does accreditation mean? Falla said the facility gets state aid because of that, a little over $1,000 per year.
“It also makes us eligible for some grants but most of them are not applicable to us,” she noted.