Nomination period for the 2012 I Love My Librarian Award open through September 12

For Immediate Release
Fri, 08/17/2012


Megan McFarlane

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on, the American Library Association’s (ALA) public awareness website.  

The award invites library users 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.  

Up to 10 librarians will be selected as winners.  Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an award ceremony and reception in December in New York.  

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by 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.

In 2008, Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded ALA $489,000 to support the award for five years. Since launching the award that same year, more than 10,000 nominations have been sent in by library users nationwide.  For more information on previous years’ winners, visit

The award is administered by ALA’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.