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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2015

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

National recognition for NH State Library

The New Hampshire State Library is pleased to announce that, for the sixth year in a row, it has received a 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. Information provided through the survey accurately reflects trends at public libraries; it is used by Congress, state governments, educators, librarians and the general public to better understand how people use publiclibraries.

“New Hampshire’s public libraries excel at serving our communities in both new and traditional ways, and library patrons continue to benefit from that,” said Michael York, state librarian.

“Last year, our public libraries hosted more than 45,000 programs, with almost 750,000 people attending. Internet services were used more than a million times. More than 11 million items were checked out – and that includes physical items like books, magazines, music and movies, as well as downloadable e-books and audiobooks.”

Public libraries send their annual data to the New Hampshire State Library; it is compiled by Janet Eklund, state data coordinator, who then submits it to IMLS. The full report is available at nh.gov/nhsl.

Francis Keppel served as U.S. Commissioner of Education from 1962 to 1965. He was a member of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, a precursor to IMLS, from 1978 to 1983.

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 nh.gov/nhsl.

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