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ImagineIF trustee recognized with special award

by Daily Inter Lake
| May 2, 2021 12:00 AM

ImagineIF Libraries board trustee Al Logan recently received the Montana Library Association’s Jane Lopp Trustee of the Year Award.

Logan was appointed to the ImagineIF Libraries board of trustees in 2010 during Jane Lopp’s tenure on the same board, and was reappointed in 2015. He is finishing his 10th year as trustee on June 30.

Logan’s board leadership has extended to serving as board chair and vice chair, as well as years of work on the finance committee and various facilities committees. He also has served as board representative to the ImagineIF Library Foundation and as a member of the Foundation’s Bigfork Capital Campaign Committee since 2018.

Logan is a retired Certified Public Accountant with a strong business background that includes more than four decades of budgeting, financial statements, taxation and strategic planning for organizations spanning a wide range of industries. A native of Oregon, he began his professional career in California in the mid-1960s. In 2005, he and his wife, Maggie, moved to Bigfork.

Logan strongly believes the exchange of information and ideas is key to the continuing success of the local community. He values strategic and long-range planning, wise use of resources, and data-based decision making. These values and his passion for improving library services for local communities are what set Logan apart as an exceptional trustee, according to a press release from ImagineIF Libraries.

Logan was nominated for the award by ImagineIF Library Board of Trustees Chair Connie Leistiko, ImagineIF Library Foundation Executive Director Charlotte Housel, and former ImagineIF Library Director Kim Crowley.

In her nomination letter Housel wrote, “Al is one of the most committed, involved, pro-active trustees I’ve had the pleasure to meet. He thinks holistically about what’s required to deliver excellent library services, and looks beyond fiscal oversight to long range stability, adequate facilities, and community awareness of the value of our libraries.”

The award is conferred upon a Montana public library trustee in recognition of outstanding achievement and leadership. Nominations may be made by any library board, individual library, librarian, trustee, MLA member, or the Montana State Library Commission. For more information, visit