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Love your librarian? Of course you do! Nominate them for this year's I Love My Librarian Award and they could receive $5,000 and the recognition of a lifetime.

Nominees must meet certain requirements to be considered for the award. Check out the award's eligibility criteria.

What makes a strong nomination? Check out our tips for telling your librarian's story and making your nomination stand out from the rest.

Can I submit a nomination by mail? Will you share my nomination with my nominee? Answers to these questions and more can be found in our FAQ.

Eligibility Criteria

Each librarian nominee must:

  • Hold 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.
  • Be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or a library at an accredited K-12 school, or have been working at one of these institutions as of March 1, 2024.

Each year, we receive hundreds of nominations for the I Love My Librarian Award, but only 10 librarians can be selected per award cycle. Wondering how to write a nomination that stands out from all the others? Read on below for tips about how to make the best possible case for your favorite librarian.

Writing a Strong Nomination

Include stories, facts, and examples.

The strongest nominations provide specific, compelling evidence to illustrate why a particular librarian deserves the award. For example, rather than just stating that the nominee is welcoming, you could share an anecdote about how they went out of their way to make a community member feel comfortable using the library, or cite a policy they enacted to make the library’s services and programming more inclusive.

It can also help to include library statistics if you have them available—if your nominee helped to increase circulation, program attendance, or library visits, sharing those numbers can be a great way to show the concrete impact of the librarian’s work.

Focus on “above and beyond.”

We receive so many wonderful nominations each year, so our selection committee looks for librarians that exceed expectations and truly represent the best of the profession. As you write your nomination, keep in mind that a typical job description for a librarian includes recommending books, organizing programs, and answering reference questions—how can you communicate that your librarian goes above and beyond those duties?

Include a variety of perspectives.

Many successful nominations include input and quotes from several members of the librarian’s community. Including multiple nominators is by no means required, but pooling multiple points-of-view could be a good way to show how wide your nominee’s impact is. If you’re nominating a school or college/university librarian, consider incorporating perspectives from students, instructors, and administrators; for a public librarian, it might be helpful to hear from library users, fellow library staff, local officials, and partner organizations.

If you choose to collaborate with others to nominate a librarian, we strongly recommend working together on a single nomination rather than having several people submit individually.

Resubmit previous nominations.

So many incredible nominations are submitted every year, but only 10 librarians can be honored in a given award cycle. If your librarian isn't selected the first time you nominate them, try resubmitting your nomination in subsequent years—you can add additional details when you resubmit or just send it as-is. Many of our award recipients have been nominated multiple times before receiving the award, so don’t lose hope if it doesn’t work out the first time around!

If you have specific questions about the I Love My Librarian Award nomination process, or would like a copy of a nomination you previously submitted, please email campaign@ala.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit my nomination through the mail, by email, or on social media?

All nominations for the I Love My Librarian Award must be submitted online via the online nomination form. If you have trouble using the form, please contact campaign@ala.org so we can help troubleshoot.

Is there a word limit?

Nope! You can make your nomination as long as it needs to be. The more details, stories, testimonials, and examples you can include that show off why your librarian is outstanding will help make your nomination stronger. Check out the section above on what makes a strong nomination.

Will my nominee receive a copy of my nomination?

Yes, all nominees receive a copy of their nomination. In the form, you can select whether or not to include your name. If you'd like to remain fully anonymous, we advise not including your name or any identifying information within the body of your nomination, as they are not edited before sending to the nominees.

Do you accept nominations from outside the United States?

While nominations may come in from around the world, nominees for the award must be employed in a library within the United States to be considered.

Are librarians in U.S. territories eligible?

Yes, librarians in American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to receive the I Love My Librarian Award.

I nominated a librarian in the past. Can I resubmit their nomination?

For the 2025 I Love My Librarian Award, all nominations must be submitted using the regular submission form, including nominations that were submitted in prior years. If you previously nominated a librarian for the award and would like a copy of your past submission, please contact campaign@ala.org and we may be able to send you a copy.

I know and love many librarians! Can I nominate more than one?

We know the feeling! Yes, you are welcome to submit nominations for as many librarians as you'd like. Please submit a separate nomination for each librarian you'd like to nominate for the award.

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Email us at campaign@ala.org and if you have a question about the award not answered above.

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