I Love My Librarian!
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2015 I love my Librarian Winners
New Haven Free Public Library, Stetson Branch
New Haven, CT
Willis Library, University of North Texas
Otto A. Fischer School Library, Orange County Juvenile Hall
Dona J. Helmer
College Gate Elementary School Library
Courtney P. Kincaid
Formerly with Hood County Library
Leslie D. Koch
Armstrong Elementary School
Kansas City Public Library, Lucile H. Bluford Branch
Kansas City, MO
Elizabeth G. Rumery
Avery Point Campus Library, University of Connecticut
Dr. Christopher A. Shaffer
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston Campus
Congratulations to Ten Winners Honored with Prestigious National Public Service Award
New York, NY December 3, 2015 One librarian from California stood out for helping incarcerated youth learn to enjoy reading. Another was applauded for fostering a deeper understanding of the Muslim world, and a librarian from Texas won over patrons by making his work look “cool!” All ten winners of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award displayed exceptional public service and were acknowledged for their efforts with a $5,000 prize given to each honoree during a reception hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.
The winning librarians were selected from a pool of more than 1,300 nominations submitted by library patrons nationwide who use public, school, college, community college, or university libraries. The nominations included stories about how their favorite librarians help improve the quality of life in their communities.
“I’ve always said that the most dedicated people I have met, other than some teachers, are librarians,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation and past president of The New York Public Library. “I admire librarians because they are the ones who have always upheld First Amendment rights, academic freedom, freedom of speech, and freedom of information.”
The award, now in its eighth year, is administered by the American Library Association and supported by the Corporation, with additional sponsorship from The New York Public Library and The New York Times. Meet the winners and read more about the award through the ALA website.