It is one of 258 public libraries that earned this status out of 7,407 reviewed for the awards, according to a news release issued by the library. Scores are based on 2008 data released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, according to Library Journal, and scores are determined by rating library visits, circulation, program attendance and public library computer use.
Other Star Library systems recognized this year include Cuyahoga County Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Cleveland Public Library, which outscored our local system. Toledo-Lucas County Public Library was 50 points shy of Cincinnati's score, but also made the list, along with several smaller systems in Ohio.
(I did not know this...being an LISNews author is so educational!) Library Journal is a trade publication for librarians founded in 1876 by Melvil Dewey.