Winners

I Love My Librarian Award

Congratulations to this year's winners of the I Love My Librarian Award!

Thank you to all the library supporters who sent in nominations. More than 1900 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives. Recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education.

For the first time ever, the I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony and Reception will be held at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.  Join ALA President Wanda Brown, ALA Immediate Past President and I Love My Librarian Award Committee Chair Loida Garcia-Febo, and committee members to honor this year's ten winners on Saturday, January 25, 3 - 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.  You'll hear from each of the winners and learn their inspiring stories about the power of libraries and librarians.

The celebration will continue at a reception immediately following the ceremony. This event is free and open to all registered attendees. A livestream of the ceremony will be available for those not able to attend Midwinter Meeting. Look for details about the livestream on ALA's Facebook or Twitter accounts or sign up to receive notifications about all future I Love My Librarian events.

Members of the media, please visit the I Love My Librarian Award Press Kit for further resources and contact information.

Winners

Jesús Alonso-Regalado


University at Albany, State University of New York
Albany, New York

“Jesús goes above and beyond in his support of faculty in every way: Knowing that we can count on Jesús for this kind of support and personalized attention is invaluable and helps support the university’s teaching mission immeasurably.”

 

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Stephanie Lynn Dannehl


Bertrand Community School
Bertrand, Nebraska

“The technology that Mrs. Dannehl has been able to make available to us has definitely changed the way that I teach and has given the students in our school an opportunity that many do not get.”

 

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Cathy Gulley Evans


St. Mary's Episcopal School: James Frederick Smith Library
Memphis, Tennessee

“Cathy insists that the library is the center of learning, and she is a gifted instructor. She works directly with teachers to create assignments that encourage critical thinking and student engagement.”

 

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Melissa Glanden


Powhatan High School
Powhatan, Virginia

“Mrs. Glanden continues to evangelize the benefits of having a maker culture at the high school level in regards to student voice and choice, building skills and resilience, creating engaging hands-on activities, and showcasing both low- and high-tech maker activities.”

 

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MaryAnne Hansen


Montana State University: Renne Library
Bozeman, Montana

“Mary Anne’s dedication to serving all with kindness and sensitivity is clear in every aspect of her librarianship, but it is most evident in the energy and attention she has given for so many years to the learning and engagement needs of tribal college librarians.”

 

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Homa Naficy


Hartford Public Library - The American Place
Hartford, Connecticut

“She is the epitome of a visionary and dedicated librarian, and her career has been devoted to creating services for underserved populations.”

 

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Maria Papanastassiou


Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Arlington Heights, Illinois

“Families with diverse needs have found a home at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library due to the above and beyond work, passion, and dedication of one very special librarian.”

 

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Leah Plocharcyzk


Florida Atlantic University's John D. MacArthur Campus Library
Jupiter, Florida

“Leah is the type of librarian who promotes a love of learning and literature in all students.”

 

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Janet Tom


San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco, California

“She not only brings community together, she creates community.”

 

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Tracie Walker-Reed


H. Grady Spruce High School
Dallas, Texas

“At our school, our unsung hero is Tracie Walker-Reed.”

 

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