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Harford County Public Library once again received a four-star rating from Library Journal for star public libraries in the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2010.

Harford was one of three public library systems in Maryland that received a star rating this year; Carroll and Montgomery counties also received star ratings.

The latest award was based on 2008 national data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The LJ Index scored 7,407 libraries across the country and identified 258 libraries nationwide that are delivering exceptional service.

Libraries were grouped by the size of their operating budgets and rated according to four per capita output measures that indicate public service: circulation, library visits, program attendance and public Internet usage.

A library’s LJ Index score is based on the relationship averages of those statistics among its peers based on total operating expenditures.

“Record breaking circulation was a result of HCPL being able to get materials in the branches by the street date [the date a particular product is released for sale to the general public], an emphasis on purchasing popular materials for the collection and providing a wide array of formats, including the new Playaway, the audiobook and player in one,” Harford library director Mary Hastler said in a press release announcing the four-star rating.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for a second year in a row for the outstanding service we deliver to the Harford County community,” she added.

For more information, go to www.libraryjournal.com/ljindex2010.


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