Press Kit

The I Love My Librarian Award invites 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 winner receives a $5,000 cash award in recognition of their outstanding service to their community. They will be honored at a virtual award ceremony during the the American Library Association's LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience in January 2022 and will receive complimentary online conference registration as part of their prize package.

In the award’s first 13 years, library supporters nationwide submitted more than 22,000 nominations for their librarians. A total of 130 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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Nominees must be currently working in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at at library at an accredited K-12 school, or have been working at one of these institutions as of March 1, 2021.

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.

Media Contacts

Macey Morales
Deputy Director
Communications and Marketing Office, ALA

Press Releases


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

Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Chair
Immediate Past President
American Library Association

Kathy Carroll
Immediate Past President
American Association of School Librarians

Jon E. Cawthorne
Immediate Past President
Association of College & Research Libraries

Melanie Huggins
Public Library Association


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2021 Winners

Jayanti Addleman


Jayanti Addleman

Director of Library Services
Hayward Public Library
Hayward, California

Press release: Hayward librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Jessica Bell


Jessica Bell

Director of the Library and Instructional Design
MGH Institute of Health Professions: Bellack Library
Boston, Massachusetts

Press release: Boston librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Cathy Evans


Sean C. Bird

Associate Dean of University Libraries
Washburn University: Mabee Library
Topeka, Kansas

Press release: Washburn University librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Melissa Glanden


Naomi Bishop

Health Science Librarian
Phoenix Biomedical Campus: Arizona Health Science Library
Phoenix, Arizona

Press release: Phoenix librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

MaryAnne Hansen


Jesse Braun

Middle School Librarian
Beverly Vista Middle School Library
Beverly Hills, California

Press release: Beverly Hills librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Homa Naficy


Adilene Estrada-Huerta

Bilingual Outreach Youth Services Librarian
Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento, California

Press release: Sacramento librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award


Maria Papanastassiou


Jianye He

Librarian for Chinese Collections
University of California, Berkeley: C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Berkeley, California 

Press release: Berkeley librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Leah Plocharczyk


Jane E. Martellino

K-5 Media Specialist
International School at Dundee
Greenwich, Connecticut

Press release: Greenwich librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Janet Tom


Jennifer L. Newcome

Northeastern High School
Manchester, Pennsylvania

Press release: Manchester librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

Tracie Walker-Reed


Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai

Youth Services Coordinator
Anchorage Public Library
Anchorage, Alaska

Press release: Anchorage librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award