Library users encouraged to nominate librarians for 2011 I Love My Librarian Award

For Immediate Release
Wed, 08/17/2011

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Megan McFarlane

CHICAGO – Nominations are now open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.  Nominations are being accepted online at atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian through Sept. 12.  

Up to 10 librarians will be selected.  Each will receive a $5,000 cash award and a plaque and will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times, in December.  

“Libraries are among those cherished institutions that are most representative of our open society,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “We must, therefore, acknowledge that libraries — and hence, librarians — are indispensable to the strength and vitality of our nation and our democracy.”

Over the past three years, 30 librarians from across the country have won the I Love My Librarian Award.  Last year, more than 2,000 library users nationwide nominated a librarian.  Previous winners were lauded for starting community gardens, helping students with severe disabilities read classic works of literature, helping non-traditional students learn new technology to get better jobs and more.  For more information on previous winners, visit atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian.  Previous winners are also featured in a digital supplement to American Libraries Magazine.

“Being nominated for the I Love My Librarian Award by people in my community was meaningful to me personally and professionally,” said 2010 I Love My Librarian winner Ellen Dolan, director of the Shrewsbury (Mass.) Public Library.  “My winning the award really is a testament to how deeply the community cares about its library as a vibrant, active, comfortable place to connect with others.”

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award is administered by the Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.