Press Kit

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

Each year up to 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception held in their honor. The 2019-2020 I Love My Librarian Award ceremony will take place on Jan. 25, 2020, at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

Last year’s award winners included an academic librarian who stocks the library with non-perishable foods and toiletries for low-income students, a public librarian who created a book project to preserve refugees’ stories, and a school librarian who uses therapy and certified reading dogs to help students who are struggling with anxiety or have disabilities.

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 11 years, library supporters nationwide sent in more than 20,000 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.

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.

Media Contacts:

Macey Morales
Communications and Marketing Office, ALA
cmomedia@ala.org

Celeste Ford
Carnegie Corporation of New York
212-207-6277
cfc@carnegie.org

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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

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2018 Winners


Ginny Norris Blackson

Central Washington University
Ellensburg, Washington

Press release: Ginny Blackson chosen for 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

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Joy Lynn Bridwell

Stone Child College
Box Elder, Montana

Press release: Joy Bridwell chosen for 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

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Tamara Lea Cox

Wren High School
Piedmont, South Carolina

Press release: Tamara Cox receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

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Nancy Lynn Daniel

Western Piedmont Community College
Morganton, North Carolina

Press release: Nancy Daniel receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

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Terri Gallagher

Community College of Beaver County
Monaca, Pennsylvania

Press release: Terri Gallagher and Paula Kelly receive 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

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Stephanie H. Hartwell-Mandella

Katonah Village Library
Katonah, New York

Press release: Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

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Dr. Linda E. Robinson

Mansfield Middle School
Mansfield, Connecticut

Press release: Linda Robinson receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

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Lindsey Tomsu

Algonquin Area Public Library District
Algonquin, Illinois

Press release: Lindsey Tomsu receives 2018 I Love My Librarian Award

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