When Killeen begins its budgeting process in the coming months, city staff will look at the Killeen Public Library’s accreditation status, which was dropped in 2012.
The city chose to forgo renewing its state accreditation because the library found it to be of “minimal benefit,” said Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman. “The city selected to utilize its efforts and resources on quality services specific to the needs in our community.”
According to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission website, library accreditation includes the evaluation and rating of a public library. It also gives libraries access to databases and other resources worth more than $350,000.
Stacey Malek, program coordinator for the commission, said a library’s funding is not affected by its accreditation status.
“Accreditation allows libraries to be eligible for certain services from the state library,” she said. “It’s not a funding issue at all. (The majority) of funding for public libraries in Texas is from local government sources.”
Deanna Frazee, director of Killeen library services, said the city library system chose not to apply for accreditation because “it was not providing significant benefit to our patrons.”
Although the library isn’t accredited, it does meet state requirements.
“During the budgeting process, we compare the state accreditation requirements to our local standards and determine whether it would provide a benefit to our patrons to seek accreditation,” she said. “We have found that providing materials and resources specific to the needs in our community is far more beneficial to our patrons.”