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The newly revised HAPLR Web site was re-opened with new data today announced Thomas J. Hennen Jr., its author. HAPLR 2000 is featured in the November 2000 issue of American Libraries magazine, a publication of the American Libraries Association. The previous edition was featured in the September 1999 issue.
Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings, HAPLR (tm), attempt to identify the best public libraries in America. Statistics cannot do it alone, but they are part of the answer.
The HAPLR Index uses six input and nine output measures. The author added the scores for each library within a population category to develop a weighted score. The population categories change at 1,000, 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, 25,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, and 500,000.
The HAPLR Index is similar to an ACT or SAT score with a theoretical minimum of 1 and a maximum of 1,000, although most libraries score between 260 and 730.
The HAPLR Index web site expands on the information in American Libraries articles. The site provides a method for obtaining score cards and rating sheets for individual public libraries. It also provides further information on the rating index and other services provided by the author.
The first two editions saw extensive media attention. This edition is expected to receive even more attention. The American Library Association has issued press releases on the ratings to hundreds of newspapers and periodicals.
Web site: haplr-index.com
Contact by ordinary mail:
Thomas J. Hennen Jr.
6014 Spring Street
Racine, WI 53406
Contact by phone: 262-886-1625
Contact by fax: 262-886-5424