Nominate Your Librarian

Nominations for this year's I Love My Librarian Award are open through November 9, 2020. In order to nominate a librarian, please answer the questions on the form below. We’re sorry, but we cannot accept essays or entries that are sent via email or mail. 

If you want to resubmit a nomination from a previous year, we've made it easy.

Before you get started, we want to ensure that all nominations have the best possible chance of being considered, so we offer the following helpful tips to nominators:

  • You'll need to submit the entire application in one session. 
  • Please keep in mind that after submitting your nomination, you will be not able to return to edit it. If you feel your nomination has an error, please re-submit it.
  • Wondering how to make your nomination stand out? Check out these tips for making the strongest possible case for your librarian.
  • If you have a group of people who want to send in a nomination for the same librarian, please consider pooling your thoughts into a single nomination, if possible. We have found that having so many points of view in a single nomination gives us a stronger sense of who the nominee is and how they have made a difference in the community. However, nominators may send in individual nominations if they prefer.

A reminder: 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, or have been working at one of these institutions as of March 1, 2020. In order to be eligible, 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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Review ALA’s personal data notification (PDN) before proceeding.

About You
Use this field to submit the names of any additional nominators.
About Nominee
We contact nominees' supervisors as part of our routine vetting process, so including this contact information will help expedite the selection process.

We receive hundreds of nominations each year, so focus on what makes your librarian exceptional. Here are a few prompts to help get you started:

  • In what ways does the nominee go above in beyond in their role as librarian?
  • How does the nominee make their community a better place?
  • How has the nominee improved your life or the lives of others in your community?
  • What makes the nominee a leader in their community?
  • How has the nominee adapted their service to their community during the COVID-19 pandemic?