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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 1,850 library users submitted stories highlighting how their librarians had above and beyond in their communities. Winners were selected for their outstanding public service accomplishments.

This year's honorees will each receive a $5,000 cash prize, a $750 donation to their library, and complimentary registration to ALA’s 2021 Virtual Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. The virtual award ceremony will take place during the conference at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, January 23, 2021, and will be streamed on the American Library Association YouTube channel. Please join us to celebrate these 10 extraordinary librarians.

Carnegie Corporation of New York generously sponsors the I Love My Librarian Award. The New York Public Library also supports the award. ALA administers the award through its Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

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Jayanti Addleman

Jayanti Addleman

Hayward Public Library
Hayward, California

“Ms. Addleman brought confidence and an infectious enthusiasm for serving the public that was immediately felt by all.”


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Jessica Bell

Jessica Bell

MGH Institute of Health Professions: Bellack Library
Boston, Massachusetts

“Jessica has contributed significantly to the MGH Institute’s ability to sustain its mission to prepare health professionals grounded in evidence-based practice and promote the creation of new knowledge that advances care of a diverse society.”


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Sean C. Bird

Sean C. Bird

Washburn University: Mabee Library
Topeka, Kansas

“That dude changed my life. He is the reason I graduated.”


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Naomi Bishop

Naomi Bishop

Phoenix Biomedical Campus: Arizona Health Science Library
Phoenix, Arizona

“Naomi continues to make the campus and local community a better place, works for social justice, and raises up leaders among the next generation of librarians.”


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Jesse Braun

Jesse Braun

Beverly Vista Middle School Library
Beverly Hills, California

“During Mr. Braun’s tenure, the Beverly Vista Middle School Library grew into a beloved, student-centered environment, where every child, every teacher, and every family could feel at home.”


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Adilene Estrada-Huerta

Adeline Estrada-Huerta

Sacramento Public Library
Sacramento, California

“She shows up each day for families and co-workers, ready to bring to reality the best promises of excellent library services.”


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Jianye He

Jianye He

University of California, Berkeley: C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Berkeley, California

“She is the perfect face of Berkeley to the world, thinking for people as well as with them, devoting herself with incredible generosity and quick-wittedness to their work.”


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Jane E. Martellino

Jane E. Martellino

International School at Dundee
Greenwich, Connecticut

“With her lightning fast mind, generous spirit, and boundless energy, she has enriched and reshaped our ISD community in countless positive ways.”


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Jennifer L. Newcome

Jennifer L. Newcome

Northeastern High School
Manchester, Pennsylvania

“Jen sets herself apart by supporting us not only in our curricular work, but by making connections with colleagues, students, and the community on a daily basis.”


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Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai

Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai

Anchorage Public Library
Anchorage, Alaska

“Her passion for equitable programming and collections have helped shape the library’s goals of inclusion and service to the entire community.”


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