Author to Speak at Top Ranked Hennepin County Library
Contact for further information:
Charles M. Brown,
Hennepin County Library
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305-1909
(612) 847-8580 [office]
County Library is one of the highest scoring libraries in its population
category in the country according to a November 2000 report published in American
Libraries, the official publication of the American Library Association.
The author of the report, Thomas J. Hennen Jr., will speak at 4:30 P.M. on February 28th at a gathering of County Officials, Trustees, staff and the public.
County Libraryís composite score ranked it 5th in the nation among the 62
ranked libraries serving more than 500,000 residents.
American Library Ratings are called HAPLR scores.
The ratings are available on the world wide web at: http://www.haplr-index.com
At the request of the library board, Hennen compiled a special report that compares the (HAPLR) scores of Hennepin County Library to those of 5 peer libraries. The libraries that were chosen for comparison in the special report by Director Charles Brown are the ones traditionally used for comparisons by the library.
This report compares the Hennenís American Library Ratings (HAPLR) scores of Hennepin County Library to those of 5 peer libraries. The libraries that were chosen for comparison by Director Charles Brown are the ones traditionally used for comparisons by the library.
Please note that Baltimore, Cuyahoga, and King County did not report annual visits in 1999; so imputed data from the prior HAPLR edition were substituted. Cuyahoga data for reference queries was also from the prior edition, for the same reason of non-reporting.
HAPLR score compares libraries based on 6 input and 9 output measures in a
composite score that allows nationwide comparison of libraries in specific
population categories. The HAPLR
scores below compare libraries in the selected peer group.
County Libraryís composite score ranked it 5th in the nation among
the 62 ranked libraries serving more than 500,000 residents.
The libraries chosen for comparison also received high composite scores
Ė all of them in the top quartile.
J. Hennen Jr., the author of the HAPLR Index, has nearly 25 years worth of
experience in public libraries. He
has been a speaker for library associations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Library periodicals such as Library Journal, American Libraries, and the
Australian Library and Information Science Journal have published over 30 of his
articles. He is presently the Director of the Waukesha County Federated Library
top ten libraries of the 62 in the over 500,000-population category were: