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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 25, 2002

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Kit Keller
402-471-3216
800-307-2665

Library Commission Announces Accreditation for Nebraska Public Libraries

Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner recently announced the accreditation of public libraries across Nebraska. Wagner stated, "We are dedicated to helping Nebraska libraries meet Nebraskans' information needs, opening up the world of information for citizens of all ages. The Library Commission continues to work in partnership with Nebraska libraries using the Public Library Accreditation program to help public libraries grow and develop."

Public libraries in Nebraska are accredited for a three-year period, from October 1 of the first year, through September 30 of the third year. Roughly one-third of public libraries are due to renew their accreditation each year. The Library Commission Web site contains more information about the accreditation process, as well as a list of all accredited Nebraska libraries.

Accredited libraries must meet twenty basic guidelines. These guidelines define a basic level of library service for the state. Libraries that meet the basic guidelines are accredited and eligible for state aid to public libraries and other grant programs available through the Nebraska Library Commission. The guidelines also include advanced measures, offering a challenge for developing and improving library service beyond the basic level.

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As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing together people and information. The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission home page, search on Library Commission News Releases.


For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan.