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, or university libraries for their outstanding public service contributions.
Since the award's inception in 2008, library users nationwide have submitted more than 21,000 nominations detailing how librarians transformed their communities, including efforts to improve inclusivity, digital access, and literacy. TO date, 130 librarians have received this distinguished honor. And now the American Library Association (ALA) is looking to add another 10 to the list.
Nominations for the I Love My Librarian Award open June 23 and are accepted online through September 27, 2021.
ALA member leaders will select ten librarians from thousands of nominations, and each will receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding public service. The association will honor award recipients at the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on January 22, 2022 at LibLearnX in San Antonio, Texas. Winners also will receive complimentary LibLearnX registration as part of their award packages as well as a $750 travel stipend.
Know an incredible librarian who deserves to be recognized? Get inspired by reading about past winners, including winning submissions from their patrons. Then nominate your favorite librarian. More information is available online, as are promotional resources for your library to spread the word.