A few weeks back Library Journal published a list of America’s Star Libraries. Amongst the winners were 11 from Massachusetts, and two of my neighboring libraries, Lenox and Stockbridge, so congrats all.
However, Brian Herzog has been looking at the data for these honors and has identified something questionable regarding them. The winning libraries were primarily determined by their usage stats in comparison to their town’s per capita income. Now Brian put two and two together and noticed that nearly all the winning libraries in the state were ones in resort communities, and thus ones with large numbers of seasonal patrons who don’t pay to their town’s tax base.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been to many of the libraries that won, and their wonderful across the board. But I’ve got to admit after Brian’s analysis the requirements for winning are a bit suspect.