FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2010
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
National recognition for NH State Library
The New Hampshire State Library is pleased to announce that it has received a 2010 Keppel Award from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the U.S. Census.
The Keppel Award is given annually to state libraries that submit prompt, complete and high-quality public library data to IMLS. This information provides reliable and accurate indicators of the status and trends of public libraries, and is reported to the U.S. Congress, states, other education policymakers, practitioners, data users and the general public.
In New Hampshire, gathered data is used not only by the State Library to assess services offered to its network of New Hampshire libraries, but also by local libraries themselves, which rely on this information for their budget preparations and planning.
“Our most recent statistics show that there are more than 700,000 borrowers registered at New Hampshire public libraries and that more than 11 million items were lent out in the past year,” said Michael York, New Hampshire state librarian. “That means that one out of every two residents has a library card, and that the average person borrows 16 items each year.
“Our state has a strong library tradition. The oldest State Library and the first publically funded library are in New Hampshire, and these statistics prove that libraries continue to be a vital part of our communities.”
The New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhsl.