About the Award

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

Ten librarians will receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding service to their communities. They will also receive complimentary registration to the American Library Association's upcoming Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, where they'll be honored at a virtual award ceremony on January 23, 2021. 

Since 2008, library supporters nationwide have submitted 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 also supports the award. The ALA administers the award through the Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

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Eligibility 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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. 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 a library at an accredited K-12 school, or have been working at one of these institutions as of March 1, 2020.


Members of this year's I Love My Librarian Award Selection Committee:

Wanda Brown, Chair
Immediate Past President
American Library Association

Mary Keeling 
Immediate Past President
American Association of School Librarians

Karen Munro
Immediate Past President
Association of College & Research Libraries

Michelle Jeske
President
Public Library Association

Andrew Medlar
Director of Book Ops
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 Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and a strong 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.