For immediate release | December 3, 2015

Ten librarians named 2015 winners of the I Love My Librarian Award

Library users nominate favorites for prestigious national public service honor

NEW YORK – Ten librarians were honored today with this year’s I Love My Librarian Award for their exceptional public service to the community and ongoing commitment to transforming lives through education and lifelong learning. The winning librarians were selected from a pool of more than 1,300 nominations submitted by library patrons nationwide who use public, school, college, community college or university libraries. The nominations detailed stories about how their favorite librarians helped improve the quality of life in their communities.

The nation’s 166,164 certified librarians continue to play a vital role in assisting and inspiring all who seek information and access to technologies. The I Love My Librarian Award winners are living examples of how library professionals are expanding beyond their traditional functions and providing more opportunities for community engagement and delivering new services that connect closely with patrons’ needs.

“It is gratifying to have the I Love My Librarian Award bring much deserved recognition to librarians. As libraries transform so do librarians to support individual opportunity and community progress,” said Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association. “Every day librarians connect library users with the books, information and critical technology resources they need to thrive in the digital age.”

The award recipients include:

  • a librarian who fought censorship when residents attempted to ban and remove books from the shelves

  • a librarian who works with incarcerated youth at a school within a juvenile hall

  • a librarian who fostered a deeper understanding of the Muslim world by facilitating a campus exhibit and lecture

  • a librarian whose efforts helped raise student reading scores significantly at an underserved elementary school

Each winning librarian will receive a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception to be held tonight in New York City, hosted by the philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York, which sponsors the award. The New York Public Library and The New York Times are co-sponsors of the award, which is administered by the American Library Association.

The librarians join an esteemed group of award recipients who are recognized as being catalysts for powerful individual and community change. Only 80 librarians have received the national award since its inception in 2008.

The 2015 I Love My Librarian Award recipients include four academic librarians, three public librarians and three school librarians. The winners are:

Diane Brown

New Haven (Connecticut) Free Public Library, Stetson Branch

Doug Campbell

Willis Library, University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

Sylvia Cieply

Otto A. Fischer School Library, Orange County Juvenile Hall

Orange, California

Dona J. Helmer

College Gate Elementary School Library

Anchorage, Alaska

Courtney P. Kincaid

Formerly with Hood County Library

Granbury, Texas

Leslie D. Koch

Armstrong Elementary School

Eastover, North Carolina

April Roy

Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library, Lucile H. Bluford Branch

Elizabeth G. Rumery

Avery Point Campus Library, University of Connecticut

Groton, Connecticut

Dr. Christopher A. Shaffer

Troy (Alabama) University

Shugana Williams

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston (Mississippi) Campus

For more information regarding the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award recipients, please visit

About Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York was established 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 Public Library

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

The ALA administers the I Love My Librarian Award through the ALA’s Public Awareness Office which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

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Heather Cho

American Library Association



Celeste Ford

Carnegie Corporation of New York



Heather Cho

Media Relations Specialist

American Library Association

Public Awareness Office