ALTA Award of Excellence

2015 Award of Excellence Winner | Medicine Hat Public Library Board

mhpl boardThe Alberta Library Trustees' Association is delighted to present the Medicine Hat Public Library Board with the 2015 ALTA Award of Excellence(serving populations more than 20,000).   We would like to honor the Medicine Hat Public Library Board for their outstanding service and support given to their library and providing on-going excellent service to the community of Medicine and Area for over 100 years. Some of the Board's many accomplishments include;

  • Learn 100 new things, in conjunction with their 100 Anniversary, Medicine sent out the challenge to learn 100 new things in celebration of their centennial year.
  • Board has actively engaged in the community with the following events; trade shows,
  • The first fundraiser in 20 years successfully raised over $10,000 and gained many new library patrons as well as becoming an annual community event
  • Many new and exciting programs were offered to the public including four themed weekends; Handicrafts, Horticulture, Sports, and Arts & Culture.Canada day celebrations, weekly Farmers Market and their Stampede parade/trade show.Partnerships were created with local organizations and businesses for activities, venues and prizes. All to promote children’s literacy.
  • The Mega minute Reading challenge with 260 children who read 263,816 minutes and had the chance to win many many prizes. The wrap up party involved over 200 people which included cake, face painting a live magic show and a movie.
  • Organized a free pancake breakfast for over 900 library patrons in the Medicine Hat Community.
  • Free memberships were offered to Medicine Hat residents, increasing memberships rates by almost 30% and people were challenged to “Look at us Now”
  • New programs were offered including author talks, law sessions, English conversations sessions for Canadian newcomers, programs for adults with developmental disabilities and the introduction of evening events for young adults.

Congratulations, Medicine Hat! Here's to many more years of library excellence and community service! Learn more about the Medicine Hat Public Library at .

ABOUT THE AWARD 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 January 31 of the new year.
  • No late nominations will be considered.

  CRITERIA 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

Past Award Winners

  • 2014 Award of Excellence: Yellowhead County Library Board
  • 2013 Award of Excellence: Westlock Intermunicipal Library Board
  • 2012 Award of Excellence: Edmonton Public Library
  • 2011 Award of Excellence: Strathcona County Library Board
  • 2007 Award of Excellence: Blackfalds Public Library Board
  • 2006 Award of Excellence: St. Paul Municipal Library Board
  • 2005 Award of Excellence: Medicine Hat Public Library Board
  • 2004 Award of Excellence: Calgary Public Library Board
  • 2003 Award of Excellence: Wainwright Public Library Board
  • 2002 Award of Excellence: Mayerthorpe Public Library Board

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