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

2019 Award of Excellence Winner | Brooks Public Library Board

mhpl boardALTA president, Dr. Tanya Pollard, presented the City of Brooks Public Library Board with the 2019 Award of Excellence on Wednesday, May 15th.

  • The City of Brooks Public Library Board did an amazing job with community assessment, design, accommodation, and fundraising for the new Library from 2014 through 2017.
  • The Board's policy development was meticulous, including the new Access to Service policy.
  • Special consideration was given to our community concerns about safe spaces for Teens, accessible floorplans and shelving, and study spaces to accommodate nearby students and the many ESL tutors and learners in our community. 
  • Their Board made the most of each precious dollar that was fundraised. They unloaded delivery trucks, assembled shelving, and packed and moved books in their own vehicles.
  • Thanks to careful planning and tireless execution, Brooks Public Library was only closed for 9 days in order to make its move and reopened with the capacity to resume full services immediately.

Brooks Library Manager, Lisa Crosby, said “Our Trustees are big picture thinkers who know when to dig into the nitty-gritty and when to let their vision rise above the whirlwind of everyday business. They have the forethought to develop policy that adapts well and they stay on top of it with an industrious review schedule. The Access to Services policy is a real step forward in how the library meets community needs. Essentially, the board committed library services to consider the needs of each patron individually to ensure that the needs of our whole community are met – not in spite of our innumerable diversities, but because of them."

Lets make sure to give a big Congratulations to the Brooks Public Library Trustees for their extraordinary work! Enjoy your new home! Take a look at their website

2018 Award of Excellence Winner | Camrose Public Library Board

mhpl boardThe Alberta Library Trustees' Association is delighted to present the Camrose Public Library Board with the 2018 ALTA Award of Excellence(serving populations more than 20,000). We would like to honor the Camrose Public Library Board for their outstanding service and support given to their library and providing on-going excellent service to the community of Camrose and Area for over 100 years. Some of the Board's many accomplishments include;

  • They adopted Alberta's first Book Bike (award winning, at that!) to reach out into the community to those who may not be able to visit the physical ilbrary
  • They have successfully fed over 7700 kids after school in the past year and a half through the Snacks in the Stacks program, ensuring kids experience less food insecurity, develop relationships with adults, and find the library to be a safe and caring space
  • They became the first library in Alberta to adopt Naxolene as part of their first aid response (interviewed by CBC Radio Edmonton AM, and the Globe and Mail), ensuring immediate aid to those suffering during the opioid crisis
  • They have responded to 10 censorship challenges since August 2017. All these challenges have been due to prejudice against the LGBTQ2S community, but the board continues to work to ensure that all members of the community have a safe space
  • They are the first library in Canada to adopt the Cycling Without Age program ensuring that those with limited mobility still have the "right to the wind in their hair". This program connects seniors and others with limited mobility to develop relationships with others in the community
  • They are proactive in identifying needs in the community and developing services to meet those needs

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

Past Award Winners

  • 2015 Award of Excellence: Medicine Hat Public Library Board
  • 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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