Public Library Accreditation 2012

Last Friday, July 20, 2012 Nebraska public libraries that are eligible for reaccreditation in 2012, and currently unaccredited public libraries that submitted their 2010 — 2011 annual statistics to the Commission in a timely manner, received an e-mail. This message explained the steps to follow to complete the accreditation process, noting that the library’s application is due by Tuesday, September 11, 2012 and that it must be submitted electronically.

As in the past number of years, there are three levels of accreditation attainable — Essential, Enhanced, and Excellent — depending on which guidelines the library is able to meet. Go here to see a copy of the current guidelines. To check the accreditation status of any public library, go here. If your library is not up for reaccreditation in 2012, or if it did not submit its annual statistics, then you need not be concerned about this process.

2013 marks the first time new accreditation guidelines will be available and used. These guidelines will be previewed for the first time at the annual NLA/NEMA conference in the fall and will be used for that year’s process.

If you have any questions about the public library accreditation process, contact Richard Miller at the Commission  at 800-307-2665, or

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