[Libs-Or] Multnomah County Library recognized as "American Star Library"

HUMMEL Penny pennyh at multcolib.org
Tue Feb 24 10:55:06 PST 2009

February 24, 2009

For immediate release

Contact:	Penny Hummel, Marketing & Communications, 503.988.5498,
pennyh at multcolib.org 

Multnomah County Library recognized as an "American Star Library" 

PORTLAND, OR - Recently, the national library publication Library
Journal unveiled the results of a new assessment tool for public
libraries - and Multnomah County Library was the only library in the
Pacific Northwest (and one of only a handful of U.S. libraries of its
size) to receive five stars-the highest ranking possible.  

According to Director of Libraries Molly Raphael, "We know that in these
tough economic times, people need libraries more than ever.  While being
recognized as one of "America's star libraries" is wonderful, it's
really only a reflection of how frequently people in our community turn
to their library for the information and resources they need."  

The LJ Index of Public Library Services
<http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6629180.html.>  ranks libraries
based on four per capita output measures:  visits, circulation, program
attendance and public Internet computer use.  When compared with other
large urban library systems in the U.S., Multnomah County Library was
ranked #1 in circulation per capita, an honor the library consistently
achieves year after year.  

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Penny Hummel, MLIS
Marketing & Communications Manager
Multnomah County Library
205 NE Russell St.
Portland OR  97212
ph:  503.988.5498
fax:  503.988.5441
e-mail:  pennyh at multcolib.org


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