Congratulation to the 10 Winners of the I Love My Librarian Award!

Patrons nominate librarians for national public-service honor

I Love My Librarian
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Ten librarians were recognized on November 30 with the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. Each was selected from more than 1,100 nominations submitted by library users nationwide.

Among the 10 winners: an academic librarian who preserves the stories and histories of the LGBTQ community; a public librarian who helps economically disadvantaged families connect with social services; a middle school librarian who inspires a love of reading in students who are new to the country or speak English as a second language; and a public librarian who helps underserved teens explore their passions and prepare for college. 

In the nominations submitted to the American Library Association (ALA), library patrons described how their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college, or university libraries have shown extraordinary commitment to improving community members’ lives. In the United States, there are 190,000 librarians working in libraries of all types, and, since the award’s inception in 2008, only 100 have been selected for this distinguished honor.

Each winning librarian was honored during an awards ceremony in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award along with The New York Public Library and The New York Times. Winners receive a $5,000 prize, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony. Read more about the winners and the award via the ALA.