For immediate release | December 4, 2018

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.

Bridwell is commended for her work at Stone Child College, which is located on a tribal reservation and serves as an academic and public library for the community of Rocky Boy. At the college, she has sat on several committees and held events that have brought thousands of patrons into the library. Some of these events have been so popular that they have become annual events. One event, the “Rocky Boy’s Got Talent” contest, brought in 150 people with 34 participants.

She works closely with students in their preparation for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Knowledge Bowl and the consortium’s student conference. In addition, she creates Cree Language materials for the college and the community, as well as partnering with elders in the community to add materials to the tribal archive.

She recently completed a one-year term as president of the Tribal College & University Library Association, where she worked with other tribal colleges to obtain funding for digital media. Her efforts resulted in a $1,000 grant from the American Indian College Fund, which provided funds used to purchase education media for the library.

“I am honored to be recognized for the work that I do for all of my patrons, the college and the community that I serve,” Bridwell said. “I want to change the way that people look and think about libraries….I want everyone in my community to know that the library is here for them.”

Bridwell 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 .

About Carnegie Corporation of New York

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Steve Zalusky

Communications Specialist

American Library Association

Communications and Marketing Office