I Love My Librarian award ceremony photos now available on Flickr

Contact: Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
Campaign for America’s Libraries
ALA Public Information Office

For Immediate Release
December 15, 2009

CHICAGO -On Dec. 3, 10 librarians were selected from our nation’s 123,000 libraries and recognized for their outstanding service as the 2009 winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian award. Photos of the event are now available on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Flickr page.

Winners of the I Love My Librarian award were selected by more than 3,200 library users from academic, public and school libraries nationwide. The 2009 award recipients are:

Sol A. Gómez
Branch Manager, Librarian II
Pima County Public Library, Sam Lena-South Tucson Branch
Tucson, Ariz.

Laura Grunwerg
Director of Youth and Young Adult Services
River Edge Public Library
River Edge, N.J.

Lucy Hansen
Lead Librarian
South Texas Independent School District, Biblioteca Las Américas
Mercedes, Texas

Alice K. Juda
Reference Librarian
U.S. Naval War College
Newport, R.I.

Karen E. Martines
Public Administration Library Department Head
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland, Ohio

Dwight McInvaill
Georgetown County Library
Georgetown, S.C.

Séamus Ó’Scanláin (Scanlon)
Librarian and Assistant Professor
Center for Worker Education Library (The City College of New York) 
New York, N.Y.

Dana Thomas
Media Specialist
Cypress Lake Middle School
Fort Myers, Fla.

Carolyn Wheeler
Media Specialist
Conant Elementary School
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Rochester Hills Public Library
Youth Services Librarian
Rochester, Mich.

Oceana Wilson
Director of Library and Information Services
Crossett Library, Bennington College
Bennington, Vt.

Each of the 10 award winners receives a $5,000 cash award and will be honored at a ceremony and reception at TheTimesCenter in New York and hosted by The New York Times.  

Nominations were open to librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. To read about this year’s winners visit www.ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

The ALA administered the award through the Campaign for America’s Libraries, its public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

The award, which began as The New York Times Librarian Awards in 2001, is now a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association. The Award will continue through 2012.

 More information about the award recipients is available at www.ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian

Carnegie Corporation of New York is a philanthropic foundation created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to do “real and permanent good in this world.”  Carnegie Corporation has been associated with almost every important development in library service in the United States.  Andrew Carnegie himself had used much of his personal fortune, beginning in 1886, to establish free public libraries throughout America, which led the Corporation's initial grantmaking to focus on libraries and the opportunities for public education they offer.  Early library funding went to the building structures themselves, but by the 1920s, grants in this area began to emphasize the evaluation and strengthening of both public and university librarians' training.

The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2008 revenues of $2.9 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers and more than 50 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com.  The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 65,000 members.  Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries ( www.ala.org/@yourlibrary), ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.  Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations that advocate the importance of the library in American society.