Exemplary Status 2014 – 2016
The Boyd County Public Library (BCPL) is proud to announce that it has earned Exemplary status, the highest level of achievement given to Kentucky libraries by the Kentucky Public Library Association (KPLA)’s Standards Committee, for a second time. BCPL is one of only nine libraries in the state to receive this prestigious designation for the 2014-2016 cycle.
This is the second time that the Boyd County Public Library has received this honor. The first was during the 2012-2014 standards evaluation cycle. “I am thrilled that the library achieved Exemplary status for the last two rounds,” said BCPL Director, Debbie Cosper.“ The staff and board made a commitment to provide our county with outstanding libraries and this achievement shows that. An even better indicator that we have a great library is that people use more and more of the resources that we have available each year. Reading, research, and learning never go out of style. What changes is the way it is provided and accessed, and BCPL is committed to keeping up with our patrons’ needs.”
KPLA Standards are used as guidance tool to help libraries meet evolving needs. As part of the standards evaluation, participating libraries are assessed in seven key areas including: governance, human resources, collections, services, facilities, technology and marketing. It is important that a library excel in all areas, not just a select few. To receive Exemplary level status, 80% of the defined Exemplary benchmarks of conditions must be met.
“This is a testament of the teamwork and leadership that make our library such a wonderful place,” said Jennifer McComis, President of BCPL’s Board of Trustees. “I am proud that we have a library that is involved and invested in the success of our community, which can be recognized through our exemplary resources and programming. BCPL is always striving to improve while creating and maintaining a welcoming environment that cultivates growth and education. The team’s innovation and creativity, through services such as Check Out Your Community, and other offerings like our Summer Reading Programs have made BCPL a leader in the industry, and an example in the state. I, for one, can’t wait to see what comes next!”
A total of 71 libraries participated in the 2014-2016 standards evaluation cycle. Of those, 39 reached essential status and 22 reached enhanced status. In addition to BCPL, Campbell County Public Library, Jessamine County Public Library, Kenton County Public Library, Lexington Public Library, McCracken County Public Library, Paul Sawyier Public Library, Scott County Public Library, Woodford County Public Library were also awarded exemplary status.