Tracy Cook of the Montana State Library presents Glacier County Library Director Jamie Greco and members of the library board with the 2019 Excellent Library Service Award (ELSA). Picture are, left to right, Renee Lowery, June Duncan, Nick Hudak, Greco, Cook, and recently appointed board member, Crystal Evans.

The Glacier County Library received the 2019 Excellent Library Service Award (ELSA) from the Montana State Library (MSL) Commission at the 107th annual Montana Library Association conference held in Helena last month. A total of 44 libraries received the honor in 2019.

Library Director Jamie Greco stated, “We are very pleased to receive this award.  Our mission at Glacier County Library is to be a strong community partner that provides equitable, cultural services and programs that encourage lifelong learning and inspire curiosity and creativity.” 

She added, “We are grateful that the Montana State Library provides consulting and support to assist public library directors, trustees and the communities they serve in striving to meet these standards.”

The ELSA recognizes libraries for achieving excellence in serving their communities by exceeding the essential Montana Public Library Standards. 

These standards define “excellence” in 13 categories, 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 Commission Chair Aaron LaFromboise.   “Providing excellent library services in Montana during these challenging times is no small thing. These libraries have shown their commitment to serving Montanans. The Commission congratulates ELSA-winning libraries’ trustees, library staff, and communities for their achievement and commitment to excellence.”

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