Six Vermont libraries were awarded Star Library ratings in the 15th edition of the Library Journal (LJ) Index of Public Library Service. The libraries are Craftsbury Public Library in Craftsbury Corners; Enosburgh Public Library in Enosburgh Falls; Fairlee Public Library; Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield; Norwich Public Library; and Pettee Memorial Library in Wilmington.
The LJ Index rates U.S. public libraries based on selected per capita output measures. The 2022 scores and ratings are based on fiscal year 2020 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Library Survey (PLS). For 2022, based on 2020 data, 5,359 public libraries received LJ Index scores, and 258 of them received the Star Library rating.
“LJ Index scores, on which Star status is based, are only comparable within expenditure category, not across categories,” explained Keith Curry Lance, Ph.D., creator and author of “Star Libraries / LJ Index of Public Library Service, Library Journal,” in an email to the Vermont Library Association. He provided this chart of Vermont’s Star Libraries.
Expenditure Category – Library – Number of Stars
$200-399K – Norwich – 4 Stars
$100-199K – Enosburgh – 3 Stars
$100-199K – Pettee (Wilmington) – 3 Stars
$50-99K – Craftsbury – 5 Stars
$50-99K – Fairlee – 4 Stars
$50-99K – Jaquith (Marshfield) – 4 Stars