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"We're proud to be recognized among the elite libraries in the country. Such recognition demonstrates that we are effectively fulfilling our role in meeting the critical needs of our patrons, helping them navigate through the economic challenges of today while supporting the educational and economic development of our community."

Laura Bramble

For the second consecutive year, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library was rated among the nation's top urban public libraries, according to the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. IMCPL's 4-star "America's Star Library" status placed it in the top 10 of the nation's largest library systems with expenditures of at least $30 million annually.

IMCPL again ranked in the top 10 among the nationís 83 largest urban library systems serving populations of 500,000 or more in the 2010 Hennen American Public Library Rating Index. Widely recognized in the public library arena for identifying top performing libraries, the HAPLR index considers per capita investment and performance factors.

For the 19th consecutive year, IMCPL received the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report. The Certificate represents a significant accomplishment by a governmental unit and its management.

IMCPL's Chief Financial Officer Rebecca Dixon was among three central Indiana financial officers honored in the Government category as 2010 CFO of the Year by the Indianapolis Business Journal, the cityís leading business news publication. Dixon was cited for her efforts in managing library finances during a time of declining tax revenues and increasing demands for services.

Efforts at Central Library to reach out to the cityís homeless population received special recognition from the local Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP). Central Library was the recipient of the William A. Crawford Public Service Award, a Blueprint Champion Award. It was cited for promoting the goals set forth in the "Blueprint to End Homelessness" through extraordinary efforts of library staff time and talents.