Norma Anders and Traer public libraries receive state accreditation

The Norma Anders Public Library in Dysart (top) and the Traer Public Library (top) pictured on Sunday, July 31. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker

The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Norma Anders Public Library in Dysart and the Traer Public Library have met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition.”

Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high-quality library services. Both libraries have been recognized for efforts in all areas of library operations including governance and funding, staffing, library collection, services, public relations, access, and facilities. The accreditation status begins July 1, 2022, and is valid through June 30, 2025.

Of Iowa’s 543 public libraries, 403 – including the Norma Anders Public Library and Traer Public Library – are accredited. Iowa’s accredited public libraries are recognized for being responsive to their communities and for exhibiting excellence in their provision of library services. More than two-thirds of all Iowans have active public library cards. Iowa libraries play key roles in workforce and economic development, lifelong learning, and e-government activities. Iowans use their libraries to find jobs, do homework, locate a good book to read, research medical conditions, access government information, and more.

Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through the State Library’s Enrich Iowa program. They also receive a Certificate of Accreditation signed by Governor Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, State Librarian Michael Scott, and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Carrie Falk.

For more information on the State Library’s accreditation program, and to view the Public Library Standards, go to https://www.statelibraryofiowa.gov/index.php/libraries/search/accred-stand

About the Norma Anders Public Library

The Norma Anders Public Library exists to encourage discovery and engage people with the world of ideas. It supports life-long learning, promotes literacy, and encourages creativity. It inspires its patrons to discover, create and grow. For more information about the services and programs offered at the Norma Anders Public Library visit their website at https://www.dysart.lib.ia.us

About the Traer Public Library

The Traer Public Library provides library services by acquiring, preserving, and circulating books and other resources that inform, educate and entertain individuals within our community and surrounding area. We offer many ongoing and special programs for all ages, covering a wide range of interests. Visit our website at https://www.traer.lib.ia.us