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HASLET PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES 2016 ACHIEVEMENT OF LIBRARY EXCELLENCE AWARD
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The Texas Municipal Library Directors Association has awarded the Haslet Public Library the 2016 Achievement of Library Excellence Award.  Of the 548 public library systems in the State of Texas, only 43 received the 2016 award.
The Haslet Public Library demonstrated excellence in all ten areas required to qualify which are:
1) Conduct a Summer Reading Program; youth, teen and/or adult.
2) Provide services to underserved populations either through outreach, special programs, collaborations with other libraries or organizations, special classes, special collections, etc.
3) Provide enhanced service to the public during the past year either through increase in service or a change in type of services.
4)  Provide current marketing materials highlighting basic services and publicity about specific programs the library offers.
5)  Develop a set of policies and procedures for the library which have been reviewed and updated within the past 5 years.
6) Provide cultural, topical and educational programming for adults and families. 
7) Provide literacy support for all ages.
8) Invest in collaborative efforts.
9) Establish professional staff training to include training opportunities for staff at all levels.
10) Provide a library web presence either through the city or with the library’s own website.

HASLET PUBLIC LIBRARY RECOGNIZED BY THE LIBRARY JOURNAL
2016 America's Star Libraries
The Haslet Public Library received four stars in the America’s Star Libraries Achievement of Library Excellence Award for 2016.  Library Director Barbara Thompson reported to City Council at the November 21, 2016 regular meeting that this is the fourth year in a row the library has received the award and the library is 1 of only 10 in Texas that received an award.   Eligible libraries are grouped by total operating expenditures and then, within each of those groups, rated based on how their five measures compare to the peer group’s means (or averages) of these five measures: library visits, circulation, program attendance, public internet terminal use, and electronic circulation.  Complete award details and rankings can be seen online at http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2016/11/managing-libraries/lj-index/class-of-2016/all-the-stars-2016-state-by-state.

 


Haslet Public Library 1 of 11 in Texas recognized by Library Journal as America's Star Libraries
2015 Star Library
The Haslet Public Library received a four star rating in Library Journal's index of Public Library Service 2015.  Ratings are based on circulation per capita, visits per capita, program attendance per capita, public internet terminal uses per capita, and overall expenditures.  These numbers are indexed using a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four types of output measures of their per capita use.  

Haslet is recorded in the expenditure line as $100K-199.9K, having 39.4 circulation per capita, 19.9 visits per capita, 1.7. program attendance per capita, and 1.9 public internet terminal use per capita.

The Library Journal introduced the LJ Index and its Star Library ratings in 2008, with the intent that whether libraries were awarded stars or not, they would examine these statistics more closely—both for their own library and for their peers—and make fuller use of these and other types of data for local planning and evaluation purposes.

To see the complete Library Journal article, follow this LINK.


Haslet Public Library to receive $5,000 Hancher Grant
The Haslet Public Library applied for and has been awarded a $5,000 Hancher Grant.  The Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation considers grant requests from Public Libraries serving populations of 50,000 or less. Projects are reviewed for the level of educational contribution to the community. These funds will be used to purchase adult non-fiction books to supplement the Library's collection.

Haslet Public Library to receive $5,000 reimbursement grant from Edge Initiative

The Haslet Public Library applied for and will receive a $5,000 reimbursement grant from the Edge InitiativeThe Edge Initiative helps libraries assess their operations and plan for the future, and demonstrate the library’s impact on the community and the community needs.  With the vision that “all people have the opportunity to improve their lives through the technology services available in public libraries,” Edge uses benchmarks to help libraries evaluate themselves.  It goes a step further by offering training and tools to build capacity and improve services.  The goal of the Edge Reimbursement Program is to help public libraries meet the public access technology needs of their community.  The agency will provide assistance through a reimbursement program to public libraries that have identified areas of improvement using the Edge assessment, and who are using the training provided to Edge libraries for training and continuing education.

In order to be considered for the Edge Initiative grants, libraries must: Be accredited; Submit the Edge assessment; Use the Action Plan tool to prioritize community needs; Commit to sharing their Edge findings and promoting equipment purchases to their community.

 

The Haslet Public Library will be reimbursed $5,000 to conduct the submitted action plan of:

Digital Literacy Classes to include lessons in Basic Computer Skills; Office Productivity – word processing, spreadsheets, presentations;  Internet Searching Skills; Digital Privacy and Security; Library Resource Use; Social Media Use; One-on-one training for personal devices, e.g. eReaders, tablets, iPods

Provide Resources to include Online Resources for Job Seeking, Employment Skills Building and Certification;  Access to Online Career Testing Preparation Tools or Software;  Online links to Local, State, and Federal eGovernment Technology Services;  Online Guides and Instructions for Identifying, Finding and Using eGovernment Services

Conduct Annual Assessments of Digital Literacy Programs

 


Haslet Public Library one of only 11 in Texas named to Library Journal's "America's Star Libraries" 2014
Americas Star Libraries

The Haslet Public Library has received a four star rating in Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service 2014.  Ratings are based on circulation per capita, visits per capita, program attendance per capita, public internet terminal uses per capita, and overall expenditures.  These are indexed using a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four types of output measures of their per capita use.  Haslet is recorded in the expenditure line as $100K-199.9K, having 30.7 circulation per capita, 20.6 visits per capita, 5.2 program attendance per capita, and 2.5 public internet terminal use per capita.

The Library Journal introduced the LJ Index and its Star Library ratings in 2008, with the intent that whether libraries were awarded stars or not, they would examine these statistics more closely—both for their own library and for their peers—and make fuller use of these and other types of data for local planning and evaluation purposes.