About the Award

The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.

10 librarians in 2018 received a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, a plaque given to each award winner’s library.

The award is a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New York Public Library, The New York Times, and the American Library Association.

Nominations are submitted on the I Love Libraries website and are open from late spring through the early fall. Winners are announced in early December. In the award’s first 10 years, library supporters nationwide sent in more than 19,000 nominations for their librarians. A total of 110 librarians have won the award to date. 


Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

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Members of the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award Selection Committee:

Jim Neal, Chair
Immediate Past President
American Library Association

Steven Yates
Immediate Past President
American Association of School Librarians,
a division of the American Library Association

Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne
Public Library Association,
a division of the American Library Association

Cheryl A. Middleton
Immediate Past President
Association of College & Research Libraries,
a division of the American Library Association

Caryl Matute
Acting Chief Branch Library Officer
New York Public Library