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Posted on: April 25, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Lewis & Clark Library Receives Statewide Award

Lewis & Clark Library Receives Statewide Award

April 25, 2018 (HELENA, MT) --- On April 13th, at the 106th annual Montana Library Association conference held in Bozeman, the Lewis & Clark Library received the 2018 Excellent Library Service Award (ELSA) from the Montana State Library (MSL) Commission. The awards were announced by the Chair of the Commission, Bruce Newell of Helena.

The ELSA recognizes libraries for achieving excellence in serving their communities by exceeding the essential Montana Public Library Standards. These standards define ‘excellence’ in thirteen categories, nearly everything happens in Montana’s public libraries, including collection development, information access, policies, planning and evaluation, fiscal management, board accomplishments, continuing education for staff and trustees, and outreach to the community.

“The Montana State Library Commission is pleased to recognize Montana’s excellent libraries with the Excellent Library Service Award,” said Chair Newell. “Providing excellent library services in Montana is not an easy or insignificant thing. Our wide-open spaces, and too often, our steep fiscal challenges, make it difficult for libraries to provide Montanans with the resources, services, and technologies they need. Libraries receiving an ELSA have met or surmounted these challenges. The Commission congratulates ELSA-winning libraries' trustees, library staff, and communities for their achievement and commitment to excellence.”

Thirty libraries received the ELSA in 2018.

For more information on the Excellent Library Service Award, visit or contact Tracy Cook at (406) 444-9816 or

About the Montana State Library

Through its statewide programs, the Montana State Library empowers Montanans; enhances learning in families and communities; builds 21st Century skills; and provides opportunities for civic participation. For more information, visit


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