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Sidney-Richland County Library Receives Statewide Award


(HELENA) --- On April 8th, at the 104th annual Montana Library Association conference held in Missoula, the Sidney-Richland County Library received the 2016 Excellent Library Service Award (ELSA) from the Montana State Library (MSL) Commission. Commissioner Anne Kish on behalf of Commission Chair Colet Bartow announced the awards.

The ELSA recognizes libraries for achieving excellence in serving their communities in areas 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 ELSA requirements are adapted from Montana’s current Public Library Standards, which serves as a measuring tool for libraries in the state.

“The Montana State Library Commission is pleased to recognize Montana’s excellent libraries with the ELSA award,” said Chair Colet Bartow in a provided statement. “Montana’s communities face unique challenges of geography, scarce resources, and diverse needs. The libraries that receive the ELSA are not only meeting these challenges, they are exceeding expectations to ensure that the communities they serve are provided with the best resources, services, technology and information. Congratulations to the trustees, library staff, and communities for their commitment to excellence.”

Forty-one libraries received the ELSA in 2016.

For more information on the Excellent Library Service Award, visit or contact Sara Groves at (406) 444-5357 or at [email protected]

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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