Nancy Daniel receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/04/2018


Steve Zalusky

Communications Specialist

Communications and Marketing Office

American Library Association


Morganton, N.C., librarian recognized with national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Nancy Daniel, library director at the Western Piedmont Community College, in Morganton, North Carolina, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Daniel is being recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country to receive this national honor this year.

Daniel is commended for her work at the college’s rural Appalachian campus. Her library includes the Sen. Sam J. Ervin, Jr. library and museum, an art gallery and the campus’ Academic Success Center.

She works on the frontlines with students to develop their research skills, showing them how to evaluate sources online. Students say Daniel shows boundless support, making sure they have a safe environment that facilitates learning. She works with staff to keep a cart stocked with non-perishable food and toiletries in the library for the college’s lower-income community members.

“This award is amazing in itself and such an honor to receive,” Daniel said. “I grew up going to my local library and have always found them to be magical places. Where else can you find such treasures?”

Daniel will receive a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception to be held this evening in New York City. The ceremony is hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award along with The New York Public Library and The New York Times. The American Library Association administers the award through its Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

As part of the award process, library users are invited to nominate librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year library users submitted 1,083 nominations detailing how their favorite librarians have gone above and beyond to improve community members’ lives.

In the United States there are 160,000 librarians working in libraries of all types, and only 110 librarians have been selected for this distinguished honor since the award’s inception in 2008.

This year’s award recipients include four academic librarians, three public librarians and three school librarians. A complete list of the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award recipients can be found at To share information about the winners and the importance of their work in the community please use #ILoveMyLibrarian on social media.

Photos of the award recipients are available at .

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