5th edition of In Service to Iowa - The manual for The State Library's standards and accreditation program. It is used to document the condition of public library service in Iowa, to distribute Direct State Aid funding, and to meet statutory requirements. The link will take you to the an electronic (PDF) version of the manual. Two copies of the printed manual were sent to each library director. If you need more, contact Toni Blair to order extra copies. Please discard all previous drafts or editions.
Accreditation and Tier Status - FY16 - Accreditation and Tier Status of all public libraries as of July 1, 2015. Includes status expiration date. Updated regularly.
A library's accreditation and tier level status is good for three years.
- Tier 3 libraries reapply every three years.
- Tier 1 & 2 libraries reapply every three years. They may apply again before the three years has expired if they can improve their status.
- Tier 0 libraries may apply each year to attain Tier 1-3 status. Once they have achieved Tier 1-3 status they need to reapply every three years.
The State Library documents the condition of public library service in Iowa (Code of Iowa (256.51 (k)) by requiring public libraries to submit accreditation reports.
Iowa’s public library accreditation program has been in place since 1986 based on In Service to Iowa: Public Library Measure of Quality, 1985. The library community revised In Service to Iowa: Public Library Measures of Quality in 1989, 1997 and 2004. A new revised 5th edition called In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards was released in December of 2010.