I Love My Librarian Award

For the first time ever, the ALA will livestream the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on Tuesday, December 4, at 4 p.m. Central time from Carnegie Corporation of New York’s headquarters in Manhattan. Join us on the ALA Facebook channel to celebrate the exceptional public service accomplishments of 10 librarians who have made a difference in their communities. During the ceremony, you will hear directly from the award winners and learn more about their inspiring stories.

This award would not be possible without library supporters like you. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an award nomination on behalf of their favorite librarian. This year, we received more than 1,000 nominations from library users across the country.

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Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.   Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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 National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. 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 at an accredited K-12 school.

Check out these tips for creating a standout nomination (PDF).

Questions Email campaign@ala.org.

The I Love My Librarian award is a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New York Public Library, The New York Times, and the American Library Association.

In the award’s first 10 years, library supporters nationwide sent in more than 18,000 nominations for their librarians. A total of 100 librarians have won the award to date. Read about the previous winners: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.