Garden Home one of five Oregon libraries ranked in journal's annual list

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Garden Home Community Library Director Will Worthey checks in books at the library's home inside the Garden Home Recreation Center. The library has received a rare four-star rating for service from the Library Journal.Patrons of the Garden Home Community Library can revel in knowing their hyper-local source of knowledge and learning resources is considered at least on par with the largest library in the state.

In its annual index of Public Library Service, Library Journal granted a four-star rating — out of a possible five — to the library located at 7475 S.W. Oleson Road. Garden Home is one of five Oregon libraries to make the publication’s list, published in the journal’s November edition, that ranks library service delivery relative to peer libraries nationally.

The ranking is the same one the journal granted to the considerably larger Multnomah County Library in downtown Portland.

This is the second time Garden Home Community Library, a nonprofit, community-supported facility, made the list since 2011. With annual expenditures of $200,000 to $399,000, the library has a circulation of 40.2 checked-out items per capita, with 17.9 visits per capita and .9 program attendance and 3.5 public Internet use.

“No other library our size in Oregon achieved this score,” said William Worthey, Garden Home Community Library director. “Based upon the score, we can honestly say that we are an efficient small library, with a per capita score of 1460. For comparison, Multnomah County Library averaged four stars at the lower score of 1118. This is a nationally recognized measure of efficiency and one that everyone involved with the Garden Home Community Library can all be proud of.”

Library Journal’s scoring system is based on an overall efficiency within five per capita measurements: circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet usage. The publication’s editors identify the top 30 scores within each expenditure peer group, giving top 10 scores a five-star rating, the next 10 scores four stars and the remaining 10 scores a three-star rating, according to Library Journal’s website. For the $30 million and above expenditure group, the journal identifies only the top 15 scores and divides those into groups of five.

Aside from Multnomah County, three other Oregon libraries made the list, including the Eugene Public Library, the Lakeside Public Library west of Eugene at the coast, and the Port Orford Public Library on Southern Oregon’s coast.

The ranking only encourages Worthey and his staff to work harder.

“We don’t rest on our laurels,” he said, noting the staff uses direct emails and survey campaigns to discover how patrons feel about their library. “Our goal is to continually examine the quality, effectiveness and value of services we provide to our patrons to ensure that we are addressing our community needs.”

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