Library Development

Excellent Library Service Award (ELSA)

WHAT IS THE ELSA? The Montana State Library Commission annually recognizes libraries for achieving excellence in serving their communities with the Excellent Library Service Award (the ELSA). Each year, academic, public, school, and special libraries have an opportunity to apply for the award using a checklist of excellent recommendations. The checklist is based on Montana’s current Public Library Standards which serves as a measuring tool for libraries in the state.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Each year library directors will complete the online checklist indicating all of the recommendations the library has achieved. If a library meets the required number of recommendations, the library will be honored with an ELSA and receive a certificate from the Commission at the MLA awards luncheon. The State Library will provide recipient libraries with a press release for use in notifying local government officials and/or news outlets about the recognition.

HOW DO I APPLY? Watch for an email that will give you instructions and deadlines for completing the ELSA application. The checklist takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and submit. 

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE? The deadline for applying annually is in March.

This is an opportunity for libraries and library staff to receive recognition that is so deserved — from fellow librarians and from the local community. Consider applying for this honor annually! If you have questions, contact Tracy Cook.