The application materials for FY17 will be available on November 30, 2015.
Deadline for FY17 is February 28, 2016.
Public libraries will need to reapply for the next fiscal year (FY17) if their current Accreditation or Tier Level status is due to expire on June 30, 2016. Directors will also receive notice when they need to reapply.
5th edition of In Service to Iowa - The manual for Iowa Library Services' 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.
Online Application Form - FY17 - Will be available on November 30. Use the online application form to submit your Application for Accreditation or Tier Level Status for FY17. Print forms should be used to aid in data gathering only. You will need a user name and password to login to the form. This is the same login information that you use for the Annual Survey. As a reminder, we will send each director an email notice with login information. You can also request login information from Toni Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Print Application Form - FY17 - Will be available on November 30. Use the print application to aid in data gathering only. All applications should be submitted using the Online Application Form. The Supporting Documentation checklist is now part of the application form rather than a separate document.
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.
Iowa Library Services documents the condition of public library service in Iowa (Code of Iowa (256.51 (j)) 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.