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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 an award ceremony during the the American Library Association's LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience in January 2023 and will receive complimentary conference registration and a travel stipend 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, 2022.

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
cmomedia@ala.org

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Selection Committee

Patricia "Patty" Wong, Chair
Immediate Past President
American Library Association

Jennisen Lucas
Immediate Past President
American Association of School Librarians

Julie Garrison
Immediate Past President
Association of College & Research Libraries

Melanie Huggins
Immediate Past 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

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