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.

Ten librarians will receive $5,000, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on Jan. 25, 2020, which will take place during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

This year’s award winners include a librarian who expands resources for tribal college libraries, a librarian who creates accessible programs for special needs children and their families, and a librarian who inspires underserved high school students to reach their full academic potential.

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 12 years, library supporters nationwide sent in more than 20,000 nominations for their librarians. A total of 120 librarians have won the award to date.

The philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York generously sponsors the I Love My Librarian Award. The New York Public Library and the New York Times are co-sponsors of the award. The ALA administers the award through ALA’s Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

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Criteria

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.


Members of the 2019-2020 I Love My Librarian Award Selection Committee:

Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair
Immediate Past President
American Library Association

Kathryn Roots Lewis
Immediate Past President
American Association of School Librarians

Ramiro S. Salazar
President
Public Library Association

Lauren Pressley
Immediate Past President
Association of College & Research Libraries

Caryl Matute
Acting Chief Branch Library Officer
New York Public Library

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 nearly 17 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. 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 nypl.org/support.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice of libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.