August 29, 2014

Ray Lyons & Keith Curry Lance

About Ray Lyons & Keith Curry Lance

Ray Lyons (raylyons@gmail.com) is an independent consultant and statistical programmer in Cleveland. His articles on library statistics and assessment have also appeared in Public Library Quarterly, Public Libraries, and Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. He blogs on library statistics and assessment at libperformance.com.
Keith Curry Lance (keithlance@comcast.net) is an independent consultant based in suburban Denver. He also consults with the Colorado-based RSL Research Group. In both capacities, he conducts research on libraries of all types for state library agencies, state library associations, and other library-related organizations. For more information, visit http://www.KeithCurryLance.com.

America’s Star Libraries, 2012: Top-Rated Libraries

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We are very pleased to present the results of the fifth edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service (LJI), a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries on the quantities of services they deliver. The 2012 LJ Index, brought to you by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat Collect and Connect, is based on Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) data for 2010.

LJ Index 2012: The Star Libraries

Jump to an Expenditure Range: $30,000,000 + $10,000,000 – $29,999,999 $5,000,000 – $9,999,999 $1,000,000 – $4,999,999 $400,000 – $999,999 $200,000 – $399,999 $100,000 – $199,999 $50,000 – $99,999 $10,000 – $49,999 Welcome to the latest update on America’s Star Libraries and the data that earn them that distinction. The LJ Index of Public Library Service […]

LJ Index 2012: 2012 Stars, State by State

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LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012 The Star Libraries 2012 Stars, State by State All the Stars, All Five Editions Five-Year Reflection Surviving the Recession Find a Library LJ Index FAQ The number of states from which Star Libraries hail has averaged 40 for the five LJI editions and remained the same in 2012 […]

LJ Index 2012: Surviving the Recession

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LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012 The Star Libraries 2012 Stars, State by State All the Stars, All Five Editions Five-Year Reflection Surviving the Recession Find a Library LJ Index FAQ While the effects of the 2007–09 recession were front of mind when we were designing the LJ Index, no one realized how long […]

LJ Index 2012: Find Your Library

Whether or not your library has been given a star rating, you can benefit from finding peers in your expenditure category and comparing stats. For the scores for all 7,570 libraries included in this round of the LJ Index, download this document to see the libraries rated, their ratings, and the data from which the ratings were derived.

LJ Index 2012: All the Stars, All Five Editions

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LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012 The Star Libraries 2012 Stars, State by State All the Stars, All Five Editions Five-Year Reflection Surviving the Recession Find a Library LJ Index FAQ See below for a table of all star libraries across all five editions of the LJ Index of Public Library Service, as well […]

LJ Index 2012: Five-Year Reflection

LJ Index of Public Library Service 2012 The Star Libraries 2012 Stars, State by State All the Stars, All Five Editions Five-Year Reflection Surviving the Recession Find a Library LJ Index FAQ When we first proposed the LJ Index ratings in 2008 we had several purposes in mind: To showcase a substantial number of U.S. […]

America’s Star Libraries, 2011: Top-Rated Libraries

The New Stars Are Here! Library Journal’s fourth national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public library Service 2011, identifies 262 Star libraries. Created by Keith Curry Lance and Ray Lyons and based on 2009 data from the IMLS, it rates 7,513 public libraries. The top libraries in each group get five, four, […]

The Star Libraries

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Welcome to the latest update on America’s Star Libraries and the data that earn them that distinction. The LJ Index of Public Library Service 2011, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat, is based on 2009 data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in July 2011.

All the Stars, State by State

Click a state above, or use the drop-down below to jump to the Star libraries in that state. Star libraries are listed alphabetically by state abbreviation, then ranked by stars and score.  Please note that expenditure category peer comparisons are the critical ones; for the Star Libraries by expenditure category please go to The Star […]