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For the second consecutive year, the Minot Public Library has been recognized as a Future-Focused Library by the North Dakota Library Coordinating Council’s Standards for Public Libraries.
“It means a lot to be recognized as a library looking to the future,” Library Director Janet Anderson said. “The staff at the Minot Public Library work incredibly hard to provide quality services to the community. This recognition is thanks to every MPL employee who continue to go above and beyond.”
Anderson said that it was especially meaningful to receive this recognition for 2020 due to the many challenges the Library faced during the pandemic.
The Minot Public Library is one of only two of the 83 public libraries to be recognized as a Future-Focused Library. The Standards for Public Libraries is a three-level system: Developing, Excelling, and Future-Focused. To be recognized as a Future-Focused Library, MPL must meet all the standards in each level, which include offering interlibrary loan services to patrons, conducting programs for all ages, providing community outreach, and adopting policies.
“There are a ton of boxes to be checked in order to reach this level,” Anderson explained. “While many of the standards are administrative, I am most proud of the Library’s ability to provide quality programs, unique items for check-out, and attend community events throughout Minot.”
The Standards for Public Libraries was created by the North Dakota Library Coordinating Council. a task force appointed by the Governor of North Dakota, and the library community.