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NH State Library receives national award

The New Hampshire State Library is pleased to announce that it has received a 2009 Keppel Award from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the U.S. Census.

The Keppel Award reflects the importance that the federal government puts on timely and accurate information about public libraries. It is given annually to state libraries that submit prompt, complete and high-quality public library data to IMLS. Data from the public library surveys are used in many ways: to report timely, useful and high-quality data to the U.S. Congress, the states, other education policymakers, practitioners, data users and the general public; to provide consistent, reliable, complete and accurate indicators of the status and trends of public libraries; and to address high-priority library data needs.

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, who rely on this information for their budget preparations and planning.

“Tracking library statistics provides vital information not only about libraries themselves, but also about their communities,” said Michael York, New Hampshire state librarian. “By studying how their libraries are used, communities can make better-informed decisions as to how those libraries can continue to serve them well in the future.”

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




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