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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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Shamella Cromartie, I love My Librarian Award winner

I Love My Librarian Award Winner Spotlight: Shamella Cromartie

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the center of Shamella Cromartie’s work at Western Carolina University (WCU), in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where she serves as associate dean of library services. And it has led her to be chosen as a 2022 I Love My Librarian (ILML) Award winner. Awarded annually, the ILML honor recognizes exceptional academic, public, …

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This Is Librarians on Jeopardy!

The internet and game show lovers are abuzz over librarian Rhone Talsma’s victory over trivia ace Amy Schneider on Jeopardy! on Wednesday night. Talsma, a multimedia librarian at Chicago Ridge (Il.) Library, beat the long-running champ when she failed to come up with the correct response to the clue, “The only nation in the world …

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Yuliana Aceves, I Love My Librarian Award winner

I Love My Librarian Award Winner Spotlight: Yuliana Aceves

When COVID-19 struck in early 2020, people across the US found themselves quite suddenly without many essential services—including those offered by their local libraries. When Arlington (Texas) Public Library (APL) closed its doors due to the pandemic, APL community programming librarian Yuliana Aceves stepped up to help her community, leading her to be chosen as a …

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Love a librarian? Nominate them for an I Love My Librarian Award!

What do a youth services coordinator from Anchorage Public Library, a librarian for history, Latin American studies, and romance languages at SUNY Albany, and a library media specialist from Dallas, Texas, have in common? They are three winners of the I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes librarians working in public, school, college, community college, …

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Meet 10 of America’s Favorite Librarians

Every year, thousands of library users submit nominations for the American Library Association (ALA)’s I Love My Librarian Award—but only 10 outstanding nominees can receive this prestigious honor. This year’s newly announced winners have truly gone above and beyond to serve and empower their communities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “During an unprecedentedly challenging year, …

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Janet Eldred

Librarian with Early-stage Dementia Wins National Award for Facing Adversity with Integrity

As director of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Janet Eldred has overseen major projects like building renovation and smaller daily tasks like working tirelessly with her team, lugging books, and sitting cheerfully at library booths through rainy festivals. But the challenge she now faces with remarkable dignity and grace is a medical one. …

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Miriam Tuliao

Librarian swims to raise money for diversity initiatives

Miriam Tuliao didn’t learn how to swim until she was in her 40s. But now she’s an open-water masters swimmer—and she’s using her time in the water to support causes important to her and to honor individuals who have made positive contributions to the library world. This month, Tuliao will swim Grimaldo’s Mile, a one mile open …

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President Barack Obama calls libraries “citadels of knowledge and empathy”

f you love libraries (and we’re assuming you do because that’s the name of this website!), you are in great company. This week, former President Barack Obama spoke to the American Library Association about his recent book A Promised Land. He also had a few things to say about libraries and librarians. Spoiler alert: he’s a fan. Here’s …

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