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, 10 librarians are selected to receive a $5,000 cash award and $750 for their library in recognition of their outstanding public service.

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 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, 2020.

Nominations for the current award cycle are now closed. Sign up here to be notified about future I Love My Librarian Award activity.

Wondering how to make your nomination stand out? Check out these tips for making the best possible case for your librarian.

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, 120 librarians have received this distinguished honor. In that time, library users nationwide have shared more than 20,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond in their commitment to inclusivity, literacy, and digital access.

Questions?  Email campaign@ala.org.

Reporters, please visit the I Love My Librarian Award Press Kit and contact cmomedia@ala.org with any media requests.

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