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America Loves These Librarians!

Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced the recipients of the I Love My Librarian Award. Thousands of library users from across the United States submit nominations for the award each year—but only 10 nominees can receive the honor. This year’s winners from academic, public, and school libraries are being recognized for their expertise, dedication, and impact on …

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LibLearnX in New Orleans: Laissez les bons temps rouler!

The library world is converging in New Orleans at the end of January for a new breed of library conference. And if you work in the library profession, you should be there. Rising from the ashes of the American Library Association’s (ALA) now-defunct Midwinter gatherings, LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (held January 27-30, at the …

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ICYMI: ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall’s Literarian Award Acceptance Speech

“Moments like these are not intended to shine a spotlight on one individual but rather to hold up a mirror that reflects all of the people and places that have contributed to what an individual has become. Tonight is a reflection of two groups of people that have lit a lifelong fire within me—people who …

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ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall

National Book Foundation Honors ALA Executive Director with Literarian Award

Librarians across the country will be tuning in tonight as one of their own is honored at the 73rd National Book Awards in New York City. The National Book Foundation, which presents the annual awards, will honor Tracie D. Hall, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA), with its 2022 Literarian Award for Outstanding …

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Renee Greenlee

Why I Left: A Librarian Speaks Out After Quitting Her Job Due to Community Complaints Over LGBTQ+ Books

Renee Greenlee was one of 10 librarians honored in 2022 with an I Love My Librarian Award from the American Library Association. But just months after receiving the award, Greenlee resigned from her position as director of Vinton (Iowa) Public Library, citing complaints that she received from the community due to the library having LGBTQ+-themed …

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I Love My Librarian Award 2023

Last Chance to Nominate Your Favorite Librarian for an I Love My Librarian Award!

There’s only two weeks left to nominate your favorite librarian for a 2023 I Love My Librarian Award! Is your librarian a local hero? Do they go above and beyond to serve your community? Are they a champion for inclusivity or a defender of the freedom to read? Then tell the world how awesome they …

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Supporting Ukraine

Today is the Independence Day of Ukraine. But despite the celebration, Russia’s invasion of the country persists, entering its sixth month this week. The war has affected people globally, including American librarians and their work. The latest episode of the Call Number with American Libraries podcast looks at how the library profession is supporting Ukraine. …

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I Love My Librarian Award Winner Spotlight: Tammi Moe

Tammi Moe, director of Octavia Fellin Public Library (OFPL) in Gallup, New Mexico, has worked to broaden OFPL’s programming and service reach beyond the library’s walls to reach Gallup’s majority Indigenous American population. By forging strong partnerships with other city departments and community organizations, Moe has facilitated a library presence at festivals, health fairs, career …

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I Love My Librarian Award Winner Spotlight: William C. Gibbons

William C. Gibbons, associate professor and curator of archives and special collections at the City College of New York (CCNY) in New York City, is known in his community as a librarian, teacher, and mentor who inspires students to embrace and overcome obstacles—and it has led him to become an I Love My Librarian (ILML) …

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Celebrate National Library Week with Us

April 3-9 is National Library Week—a time for library lovers across the country to celebrate literacy, intellectual freedom, and equitable access to information. As the COVID-19 pandemic moves into its third year, libraries are proving to be more essential than ever, providing services and programs that have kept communities strong even while socially distancing. The …

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