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ALTA Award of Excellence


The Alberta Library Trustees Association (ALTA) Board of Directors established the Award of Excellence to recognize Library Boards that have enabled and supported their libraries to provide on-going excellent service to their communities over a five-year operational time period. The successful candidate(s) will be notified and be given the choice of where they would like the award presented to them. The award may be presented to the board in its home community at mutually convenient time as soon as possible after the award is announced. Up to two awards will be presented each year:

  • one to libraries serving populations more than 20,000
  • one to libraries serving populations less than 20,000


  • Only library boards that are members of ALTA are eligible to receive the award.
  • Nominations for the Award of Excellence may be made by any of the following: staff or board of the library itself, staff or board of the regional library system to which it belongs, the municipality that it serves, or members of the community.
  • The nomination shall include a nomination form and a letter (500 words max) that provides a clear picture of how the Board has supported and contributed to the success of its library in meeting community needs.
  • Winners will be selected from nominations received by a committee appointed by the Board of Directors of the Alberta Library Trustees Association.
  • Notices requesting nominations for the Award of Excellence shall be sent to member library boards after the November meeting of the ALTA Board and nominations will remain open until March 31st of the every year.
  • No late nominations will be considered.


In general, eligible Library Boards should have:

  • Enabled and supported their libraries in the provision of on-going excellent library service to their community over a five year time span
  • Identified present or future needs in their community and implemented services/projects to meet those needs

In particular, Boards will have served their communities in one or more of the following ways:

  • Assessed and responded to future and changing needs or circumstances in their community
  • Exhibited innovation and creativity in meeting community needs
  • Embarked on successful fundraising activities to support projects/services that better meet community needs
  • Established mutually beneficial partnerships with other community organizations through shared planning and sponsorship of services and programs
  • Enabled their libraries to expand their services/programs to meet community needs

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