Oakland, Calif. librarian receives prestigious national public service honor

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/01/2014


Heather Cho

Media Relations Specialist

American Library Association

(312) 280-4020


Michael Beller receives Carnegie Corporation of New York/
New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

NEW YORK — Today, Michael Beller, head of reference and access services librarian at F.W. Olin Library, Mills College in Oakland, Calif., will receive the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award for his outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to changing lives through education. Beller is one of only 10 librarians within the United States recognized this year for this esteemed honor.

Beller serves as an exemplary ambassador for the library, whether he is sporting one of his 50 bowties, dancing to the tune of “Happy” in the library stacks for a student video or introducing service dogs to the library lounge during finals and other stressful periods in students’ lives.

Beller teaches such courses as Letters 101, Library Resources and Methods, which introduce students to library research and the use of printed works and electronic databases.

In teaching research, he uses creative examples. In one case, when examining the history of polka dots through the use of the library’s subscription databases, he captured the attention of students by wearing a polka dot shirt and tie. Also, Beller provides invaluable assistance to students learning how to perform research on such topics 19th century woman writers to teachers scrambling to reserve classroom materials or ebooks or needing syllabus entries hyperlinked to articles in their databases.

Beller will receive a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception held this evening in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.

As part of the award process, library users nominate librarians in public, school, college, community and university libraries. This year more than 1,000 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives.

There are a total of 165,986 certified librarians in the United States and more than 200,000 dedicated library workers who connect people with the information access and critical resources they need to support lifelong learning.

For more information regarding 2014 I Love My Librarian recipients please visit ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.  


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 Times Company
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About the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 55,000 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 administered the award through the Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.



Heather Cho
Media Relations Specialist
American Library Association

Celeste Ford
Carnegie Corporation of New York