For immediate release | December 17, 2013

Ten librarians from across the nation receive prestigious public service honor

Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association announce I Love My Librarian Award recipients

NEW YORK — Ten librarians from various types of libraries joined the company of a select few as recipients of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award today. 2013 recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education. Only 60 librarians nationwide have won the I Love My Librarian Award since its inception in 2008.

There are 166,305 certified librarians in the United States who, along with more than 200,000 dedicated library workers, offer services to the elderly, job-seekers, small business owners, families, students and others.

As part of the nominating process, more than 1,100 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives. The nominations detailed how local librarians provided life-changing resources for multicultural communities and new Americans, created fun and educational safe havens for youth, and strived to preserve local history.

Patrons nominated librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries.

This year’s I Love My Librarian Award recipients are:

Julia Allegrini

Covington (Ky.) Branch of the Kenton County Public Library

Dr. Shahla Bahavar

University of Southern California Libraries

Los Angeles

Holly Camino

Buckeye Library, Medina (Ohio) County District Library

Kathy Meulen Ellison

Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School

Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Harold M. Forbes

West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries

Morgantown, W. Va.

Caroline "Xiaofang" Han

Cleveland Public Library

Jennifer J. Jamison

Atlantic City (N.J.) High School

Julie Kane

Sweet Briar (Va.) College

Molly Ledermann

Missoula (Mont.) Public Library

Charlotte Carr Vlasis

Chattanooga (Tenn.) School for the Liberal Arts

Each recipient receives a $5,000 award at a ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.

For more information regarding 2013 I Love My Librarian recipients please visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/home.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

About The New York Times Company

The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2010 revenues of $2.4 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers and more than 50 websites, including NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.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.

Contacts:

Macey Morales

American Library Association

312- 280-4393

mmorales@ala.org

Celeste Ford

Carnegie Corporation of New York

212-207-6277

cfc@carnegie.org

Contact:

Macey Morales

Media Relations Manager

American Library Association

Public Information Office (PIO)

mmorales@ala.org

312- 280-4393