Public Awareness Office

A guidebook for building political support for library funding

CHICAGO — Library funding is political. And the struggle to secure funding is ongoing; the work that librarians need to do to influence local politics doesn't just pop up in the few months before Election Day. It should span the years before or between elections. John Chrastka and Patrick “PC” Sweeney’s new book “Before the Ballot: Building Political Support for Library Funding,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, speaks directly to librarians, library staff, and boards.

Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Bedford, N.Y. librarian recognized with national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella, librarian at Katonah Village Library in Bedford, New York, was named a winner of the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Hartwell-Mandella was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominations and is recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the U.S. selected for this year’s national honor.

Linda Robinson receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Mansfield, Conn., librarian recognized with national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Linda Robinson, library media specialist at Mansfield Middle School in Mansfield, Connecticut, was named a winner of the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Robinson was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominations and is recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the U.S. selected for this year’s national honor.

Tamara Cox receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Piedmont, S.C. librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Tamara Cox, a school librarian at Wren High School Library in Piedmont, South Carolina, was named a winner of the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Cox was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominations and is recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the U.S. selected for this year’s national honor.

Joy Bridwell chosen for 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Box Elder, Mont., librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Joy Bridwell, librarian at Stone Child College in Box Elder, Montana, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Bridwell is recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Ginny Blackson chosen for 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Ellensburg, Wash. librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Ginny Blackson, collection development and management librarian at the James E. Brooks Library in Ellensburg, Washington, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Blackson is recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Jennifer Berg Gaither chosen for 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Baltimore librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Jennifer Berg Gaither, librarian at the Baltimore City College (BCC), was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Gaither 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 this year to receive this national honor.

Lindsey Tomsu receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

Algonquin, Ill., librarian recognized with national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Lindsey Tomsu, teen librarian at the Algonquin (Illinois) Area Public Library District, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Tomsu is recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Nancy Daniel receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

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.

American Library Association Announces I Love My Librarian Awards

Winners exemplify the invaluable role librarians play within their communities, schools and campuses