Gallup librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award 

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/10/2022


Communications and Marketing Office

ALA Media Relations


Tammi Moe recognized with national public service honor  

CHICAGO – Tammi Moe, director of libraries and museums for the city of Gallup, New Mexico, is a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for expanding the Octavia Fellin Public Library’s community engagement initiatives, Moe was selected from more than 1,300 nominations from library users across the country. 

Moe has worked to broaden the library’s programming and service reach beyond the library’s walls in order to reach its majority-indigenous American population. By forging strong partnerships with other city departments and community organizations, Moe has facilitated a library presence at festivals, health fairs, career days and other local events, and program attendance continues to climb. 

Through Moe’s efforts, the library has focused its programming on socially relevant issues, generational experiences and opportunities for open dialogue. Library programs have addressed a wide range of historically sensitive topics for the community, notably the involuntary sterilization of indigenous women and the incarceration and murder of indigenous activists. As one of her nominators noted, “Confronting our historical and current, very real issues is exactly what [Tammi] has inaugurated, in an unbelievably effective series of instructive installations, displays, and programs. The public library has become a center for deeply probing our own history, our own conflicts, and our own individual and collective roles in those conflicts.” 

“Tammi’s leadership is kind, supportive, engaged, and thoughtful,” one of her nominators wrote. “She has dissolved the walls of the library, creating a community platform for healing and cultural understanding through shared experiences.” 

Moe and this year’s nine other honorees will each receive a $5,000 cash prize, a $750 donation to their library, and complimentary registration to ALA’s LibLearnX. The virtual award ceremony will take place during the conference at 3:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, and will be available to stream live at

Since the award’s inception in 2008, library users have shared more than 20,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond to promote literacy, expand access to technology and support diversity and inclusion in their communities. Information regarding previous award winners can be found on the I Love My Librarian website at  

Carnegie Corporation of New York generously sponsors the I Love My Librarian Award. The New York Public Library also supports the award. ALA administers the award through its Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.  

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