[PL-Directors] LJ Index of Public Library Service 2009

Jim Scheppke jim.b.scheppke at state.or.us
Wed Feb 25 16:53:52 PST 2009

Dear Directors:
You may have seen the post from Penny Hummel on libs-or about Multnomah
County Library receiving a five star rating in the "LJ Index of Public
Library Services."

A report on this appeared in the February 15th edition of Library Journal.
You can read about the LJ Index on the LJ website:


Attached is a spreadsheet that summarizes the LJ Index results for most
Oregon public libraries extracted from the data tables on the website. The
assessment was based on four output measures: circulation, visits, program
attendance, and Internet use. The data comes from the statistics that we
collected for your library for FY 2006 and reported to the National Center
for Education Statistics. If you did not collect and report all four of the
measures, your library was not included in the LJ assessment.

The LJ Index awarded five stars, four stars and three stars. No other Oregon
library earned a star rating. The attached spreadsheet includes averages for
the five star libraries, so most of you can see how your library compares.

I hope this information is useful and that some of you might be inspired to
attempt to receive a star rating from Library Journal in the future.

Please go to the website above if you need to learn more about this. --> Jim

Jim Scheppke, State Librarian
Oregon State Library
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
(fax) 503-585-8059
jim.b.scheppke at state.or.us

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