2015 Winners

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Congratulations to the 10 winners of the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award! Thank you to all the library supporters who sent in nominations.

2015 recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education.

More than 1300 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives.


Diane Brown

New Haven Free Public Library, Stetson Branch
New Haven, Connecticut


Transformed the library into a true community center by hosting cultural and educational events

Diane Brown nomination (PDF)


Doug Campbell

Willis Library, University of North Texas
Denton, Texas


Meets students where they are and then challenges them to be more

Doug Campbell nomination (PDF)


Sylvia Cieply

Otto A. Fischer School Library, Orange County Juvenile Hall
Orange, California


Brings a love of reading and lifelong learning to incarcerated youth

Sylvia Cieply nomination (PDF)


Dona J. Helmer

College Gate Elementary School
Anchorage, Alaska


Provides an invaluable hands-on approach to learning that opens up new worlds for students


Dona J. Helmer nomination (PDF)


Courtney Kincaid

Hood County Library
Granbury, Texas


Inspired a community coalition to fight for the freedom to read

Courtney Kincaid nomination (PDF)


Leslie D. Koch

Armstrong Elementary School
Eastover, North Carolina


Transformed an outdated school library into a welcoming hub and worked tirelessly to improve the reading scores of students

Leslie D. Koch nomination (PDF)


April Roy

Kansas City Public Library, Lucile H. Bluford Branch
Kansas City, Missouri


Transformed the library into a bustling community center emphasizing literacy, health and wellness

April Roy  nomination (PDF)


Elizabeth G. Rumery

Avery Point Campus Library, University of Connecticut
Groton, Connecticut


Opened the doors of the academic library to low income citizens in her community to show that education and the dream of a college degree are for everyone

Elizabeth G. Rumery nomination (PDF)


Dr. Christopher A. Shaffer

Troy University
Troy, Alabama


Created a culture of understanding and global awareness for students through partnerships with local, national and international organizations

Dr. Christopher A. Shaffer nomination (PDF)


Shugana Williams

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston Campus
Perkinston, Mississippi


Engaging students with programs and services that support individual opportunity and community progress

Shugana Williams nomination (PDF)