During today’s meeting of the Howard County Commissioners, Mavour Braswell, District Director of Libraries for Howard College who also oversees the Howard County Library, announced that after filing an appeal with the State the County Library now meets accreditation for the State of Texas.
Braswell had advised the Commissioners back in April that the Howard County Library had not met accreditation standards due to a couple of reasons.
The first was the because the County Library’s Maintenance of Effort (MOE), which is a set amount of money that must be spent within a certain amount of time, had not been met due to personnel issues. Thanks to the appeal, that MOE amount was decreased to $361,404. The second part was a personnel issue because the County Library did not have a full-time degreed librarian or director on staff. Braswell did not count as filling this role because she is employed full-time through Howard College. Now that the new librarian Sandra Verdin has been hired, the Howard County Library has met accreditation standards for next year.
The library will also be able to take advantage of the benefits of accreditation as well such as a huge reduction in the cost of data bases that would be accessible to everyone and being able to participate in an interlibrary loan service that allows people in Howard County to borrow a book from anywhere in the state of Texas, thus saving County Library money.
Verdin has a Masters in Library Science from Arizona University, has prior experience as a librarian, as well as 8 years of experience in education. She is the Circulation Programing and Outreach Librarian for Howard County and hopes to be able to kickstart various programs for the community.
Verdin also told KBest News, “I’m excited to get to know Big Spring, and see what the community needs are and what we can come in and help and add to the library so that the community can get the most of the resources of what we have to offer.”