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I Love My Librarian Award

Celebrating America's favorite librarians

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Congratulations to the 2022 recipients of the I Love My Librarian Award!

Has a librarian made a difference in your life or gone above and beyond to serve your community? The I Love My Librarian Award invites library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Each year, up to 10 librarians are honored at a ceremony held in their honor and receive a $5,000 cash award.

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 program. The ALA administers the award through the Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

Since the award was established in 2008, 140 librarians have received this distinguished honor. In that time, library users nationwide have shared more than 21,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond in their commitment to inclusivity, literacy, and digital access.

The nomination form for the 2023 I Love My Librarian Awards will open in late Spring or early Summer in 2022. Sign up to be notified about future award activity.

Nomination Guidelines

Past Award Recipients

Press Kit and Media

Promotional Tools

(coming soon!)

2022 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
President
Public Library Association

Caryl Matute
Senior Director of Branch Libraries and Patron Services
New York Public Library

Chase Ollis, Staff Liaison
Communications Manager
American Library Association

Award Sponsors

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and a strong democracy.

The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves nearly 17 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.

American Library Association

The American Library Association is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice of libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.

Questions and Media Inquiries

For questions about the I Love My Librarian Award, please email campaign@ala.org.

For media inquiries, please visit the I Love My Librarian Award Press Kit and contact cmomedia@ala.org.

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