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​Kentucky Public Library Standards

The KPLA Standards Committee evaluates and revises the Kentucky Public Library Standards. Libraries use the Standards as a tool to make their library the best it can be. The Committee also develops and implements an annual awards system using the Standards. Every effort has been made to make it as easy as possible. The 6th edition of the Kentucky Public Library Standards is now available.

The Standards now operate on a 2-year cycle. Year 1 is designated as the year for libraries to submit their Standards for grading by the Standards Committee. Year 2 offers the committee an opportunity to make revisions to the standards. We encourage libraries to use Year 2 as an opportunity for self-evaluation on progress made from Year 1. We are currently in year 1 of the 2017-2018 cycle.  Libraries have until December 31, 2017 to submit their Standards online.  The committee will be scoring the submitted Standards and will provide the results & certificates to qualifying Libraries at the KPLA Spring Conference.  If no one from your library attends the conference, your library’s results and certificate will be mailed to you.


  1. Use the official Standards before trying to submit your answers to the online version. This is a link to the official document. Go through each Standard and all of the benchmarks for them. You will evaluate your library’s collections, programming, hours of service, building, policies, website, marketing, etc.

    1. When you begin to answer the questions in the online version, you will be basically answering yes or no for the benchmarks under each Standard.

    2. When you have to answer no, consider doing the following:
      -- Make a list of Standards you can reach easily and quickly. You may have time to get these achieved before the deadline of 12/31/17.
      -- Make a list of Standards you think you can achieve but will need some time. You can work towards achieving these before the next cycle begins.

When you are ready to submit your answers online, be sure to have your Standards beside you BEFORE you begin the online process. There isn’t the option to save and go back.  If you have the answers in front of you, the online version goes very quickly.  

The link to submit your KY Public Library Standards report is now live:

The deadline to submit has been extended till February 14, 2018. 

If you have any questions, please email them to

Jennifer Nippert, Bullitt County Public Library (Chair)
Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library
Susan Dunman, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Ruthie Maslin, Madison County Public Library
Peggy Mershon, Laurel County Public Library
Susan Nimersheim, Grant County Public Library
Kristi Tucker, Marshall County Public Library

The KPLA Standards Committee would like to thank the MANY sub-committee members who helped with the latest revision.  It takes a lot of work to keep this tool up-to-date and we appreciate everyone’s input