Nominations for the 2019-2020 I Love My Librarian Award are closed. Winners will be announced in early December. Sign up here to be notified about future I Love My Librarian Award activity, and help spread the word about the I Love My Librarian Award in your community with our promotional toolkit.

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 an awards ceremony and reception held in their honor.

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).

The philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York generously sponsors the I Love My Librarian Award. The New York Public Library and the New York Times are co-sponsors of the award. The ALA administers the award through ALA’s Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

Since the award was established in 2008, library users nationwide have shared more than 19,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond to connect them to information, educational opportunities, and critical technology. Over the last decade, only 110 librarians have received this distinguished honor.  Read about the previous winners.

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Reporters, please visit the I Love My Librarian Award press kit.

Media Contacts:

Macey Morales
Communications and Marketing Office, ALA

Celeste Ford
Carnegie Corporation of New York