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I Love My Librarian Award

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The I Love My Librarian Award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.

Each year up to 10 librarians are selected. Each honoree receives a $5,000 cash award in recognition of their outstanding service to their community. They will be honored at a virtual award ceremony during the the American Library Association's LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience in January 2022 and will receive complimentary online conference registration as part of their prize package.

Since its inception in 2008, library supporters nationwide submitted more than 20,000 nominations for their librarians. A total of 140 librarians have received the award to date.

Each nominee must be a librarian with 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. Nominees must be currently working in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at at library at an accredited K-12 school, or have been working at one of these institutions as of March 1, 2021.

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

Media Contacts

Raymond Garcia
Communications and Marketing Office, ALA

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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
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

2022 Honorees

Yuliana Aceves headshot

Yuliana Aceves

Community Programming Librarian
Arlington Public Library
Arlington, Texas

Shamella Cromartie

Shamella Cromartie

Associate Dean of Library Services
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, North Carolina

William C Gibbons

William C. Gibbons

Associate Professor and Curator of Archives and Special Collections
City College of New York
New York City

Renee Greenlee

Renee Greenlee

for her work as Children and Family Services Librarian
Marion Public Library
Marion, Iowa

Shannon Horton

Shannon Horton

Teacher Librarian
Decorah Middle School and High School
Decorah, Iowa

John Paul Mahofski

John Paul Mahofski

Correctional Librarian
Eastern Correctional Institution
Westover, Maryland

Tammi Moe

Tammi Moe

Octavia Fellin Public Library
Gallup, New Mexico

George D. Oberle

George D. Oberle

Director of the Center for Mason Legacies, History Librarian, and Assistant Professor
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Melissa Pillot

Melissa Pillot

Librarian and Media Specialist
Forsyth School
St. Louis, Missouri

Arnulfo Talamantes

Arnulfo Talamantes

Sul Ross Middle School
San Antonio, Texas

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