May 19, 2022

2012 Kansas Public Library Standards Released, Full Text Document Available Online

From the State Library of Kansas News (SLK News):

The State Library of Kansas, working in cooperation with the seven Regional Library Systems, has announced the release of the 2012 Kansas Public Library Standards. The Standards contain goals for libraries that reflect challenging, but attainable, levels of library service while recognizing the contributions that public libraries currently make to the lives of Kansas residents and to the vitality of Kansas communities.

The last Public Library Standards document was published in 2006, and was the latest revision of 1988′s Measurements of Quality: Public Library Standards for Kansas.  Public Library Standards are reviewed periodically, in the public interest, to insure the quality of the state’s public libraries.

The Kansas Public Library Standards identify library service levels corresponding to service populations. Standards are defined for the structure and governance of libraries, planning, marketing and community outreach, funding and budget, library services and resources, automation and technology, and facilities. Recommendations relating to library staffing, including salaries and education levels, are part of the Standards.

Access the Kansas Public Library Standards (Background and Document by Chapter)

Full Text Report

2012 Kansas Public Library Standards

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