About the Award

About the I Love My Librarian Award

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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 2017 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.

Members of the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award Selection Committee:

Julie Todaro, Chair
Immediate Past President
American Library Association

Audrey P. Church
Immediate Past President
American Association of School Librarians,
a division of the American Library Association

Pam Sandlian Smith
Public Library Association,
a division of the American Library Association

Irene M. H. Herold
Immediate Past President
Association of College & Research Libraries,
a division of the American Library Association

Christopher Platt 
Chief Branch Library Officer
New York Public 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.

Read about the winners from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In order to be eligible, 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.