The St. Thomas Public Library Board is pleased to announce that the Library successfully achieved Ontario Public Library Accreditation. This certification is a public recognition that the Library and its services have met an expected standard for public libraries in Ontario. Out of a total of 166 required standards, St Thomas Public Library met 165! The only area which needed improvement was that many of the shelves in the Adult area were too high to meet acceptable standards. We were honoured to receive this Award from the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport at the Ontario Library Conference on February 2nd, 2014. On behalf of Minister Chan, Helene Golden, Southern Ontario Library Services Consultant, presents the certificate to Board Chair Greg Grondin, and CEO Rudi Denham.
The Accreditation process ensures that libraries meet standards in 6 areas: Governance, Accessibility, Resources, Services, Co-operation & Partnerships, and Technology. Anne Marie Madziak, Southern Ontario Library Services Consultant, and one of a team of peer reviewers who conducted the audit, said: Good news – not only did you pass the audit, you passed with only one unmet requirement! That’s impressive! Congratulations on a job well done!
The accreditation is valid for five years, after which the library must undergo another review to renew the certificate. As part of the accreditation process, we reviewed our existing policies, and we have proven that we have both the mandatory and recommended policies, though we found that many need updating. To ensure that our policies reflect current community needs, policy review will be a focus for 2014.
A great deal of time and effort by many staff throughout 2013 was required to achieve this milestone. The Library Board congratulated the staff for their hard work in this significant achievement.