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Bitterroot Public Library

Bitterroot Public Library

The Bitterroot Public Library received the 2019 Excellent Library Service Award from the Montana State Library Commission at the 107th annual Montana Library Association in April.

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 Bitterroot Public Library staff, volunteers and trustees are honored to accept this award,” said Brittany McKenzie, Bitterroot Public Library's board chair. “This past year, we increased the hours we are open to the public, refreshed the children's area with a new look, updated our lighting with energy efficient fixtures that improve the user experience, added additional patron seating, purchased new computers for patrons to use, increased our print and media collections and hosted numerous events and activities for the public to learn from and enjoy. We are proud of our library, the services we provide and our place in the community. We look forward to serving the Bitterroot Valley for many years.”

Bitterroot Public Library Director Mark Wetherington appreciated the recognition.

“Receiving the Excellent Library Service Award is gratifying and provides important recognition that as librarians we are working toward and meeting the highest standards set by the Montana State Library through our service to the community,” he said. “Providing the quality of service we do is only possible because of the dedication of staff, volunteers and our library board, as well as our library users and the feedback and suggestions they provide to let us know what we can do to better serve them. We hope to continue to improve and expand our outreach and impact on the community in the coming years.”

“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.”

Forty-four libraries received the ELSA in 2019. There are over 100 public libraries in Montana.

For more information on the Excellent Library Service Award, visit http://libraries.msl.mt.gov/library_development/standards/excellent_library_service_award or contact Tracy Cook at 406-444-9816 or tcook2@mt.gov.

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