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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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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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