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Library Ratings Author to Speak at Top Ranked Hennepin County Library

 

Contact for further information:

Charles M. Brown, Library Director
Hennepin County Library
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305-1909
(612) 847-8580 [office]    
(612)847-8600 [fax]
E-Mail: cbrown@hclib.org

Hennepin 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. 

 Hennepin County Libraryís composite score ranked it 5th in the nation among the 62 ranked libraries serving more than 500,000 residents. 

 Hennenís 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.

Summary HAPLR Scores for Hennepin Peer Libraries

 

A 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. 

 

 



Hennepin 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.   

Thomas 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 System.

 The top ten libraries of the 62 in the over 500,000-population category were:

 

Library Name

ZIP

State

 Population

 HAPLR Score

Denver Public Library

80204

CO

      508,597

                   890

Columbus Metropolitan Library

43215

OH

      600,083

                   831

Indianapolis-Marion County Library

46206

IN

      770,684

                   788

Hennepin County Library

55305

MN

      720,895

                   787

St. Louis County Library

63131

MO

      849,652

                   738

Fairfax County Public Library

22035

VA

      939,400

                   714

Gwinnett County Public Library System

30045

GA

      503,280

                   685

Mid-Continent Consolidated Library 

64050

MO

      570,421

                   684

Multnomah County Library

97212

OR

      639,000

                   680

Public Library Of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Co.

28202

NC

      608,567

                   676

 


 

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