New Edition of In Service to Iowa, Public Library Standards
In Service to Iowa, 6th edition - The manual for The State Library's Standards and Accreditation Program. It documents the condition of public library service in Iowa, determines the formula for State Aid funding, and meets statutory requirements.
The link above and image at right opens the the electronic PDF version of the manual. In Service to Iowa is no longer printed in paper format. It is available as a PDF only. This document may be updated on a frequent basis, and was updated on 1/20/2017. Please discard all previous drafts or editions.
New Standards Overview
This was the handout for Scott Dermont's standards presentation at the 2016 Town Meetings.
Verification requirements for new standards
There is a lot more verification required in the new standards program. Use this file to help determine what you will need to submit to support your application.
Accreditation and Tier Status - FY17
Accreditation and Tier Status of all public libraries as of July 1, 2016. Includes status expiration date.
A library's accreditation and tier level status is normally good for three years. However, to give library staff an opportunity to meet the new standards the State Library has instituted a moratorium on applications for FY17. This means that all libraries will be given one extra year before they need to reapply for accreditation. Applications for re-accreditation will not be accepted for any reason during FY17.
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, 2004 and 2010. A new revised 6th edition called In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards was released in August of 2016.