I Love My Librarian

2013 I Love My Librarian Winner Holly Camino

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Being at the library is more fun than being at home.

That’s what one high school senior, John McCullough, said about the Buckeye Library in the Medina County (Ohio) library district.

McCullough said Holly Camino, manager of the Buckeye Library in the Medina County (Ohio) District Library, makes sure her library is welcome to the residents – and especially the children – in her rural community.

He said dozens of middle school and high school students who have nowhere else to go flock to her library.

2013 I Love My Librarian Winner Harold Forbes

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Thanks to Harold M. Forbes, old newspapers are more than just yesterday's news.

Carrie Mullen, the director of West Virginia's university press, said Forbes, curator of the West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries, has made important contributions to Chronicling America and the National Digital Newspaper Project, the Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers sponsored by the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities.

2013 I Love My Librarian Winner Dr. Shahla Bahavar

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Dr. Shahla Bahavar's impact on the University of Southern California Libraries was summed up by Najmedin Meshkati, who nominated her for a 2013 I Love My Librarian Award.

"(She) has provided exceptional leadership in the provision of student focused instruction and services within the USC Libraries, with initiatives and impact that extends to the greater library profession," she said.

Early on, she said, Bahavar director of Public Services Division! libraries at USC, "mastered the challenge of bringing one of the very first Information Commons online as a fully realized student-focused service model."

2013 I Love My Librarian Winner Kathleen Meulen Ellison

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Kathleen Meulen Ellison, teacher librarian at Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School in Bainbridge Island, Wash., has a special commitment to literacy and librarianship.

Her father is functionally illiterate, most likely due to an undiagnosed learning disability. Ellison, whose parents took her to libraries and instilled in her a love of reading, knew from an early age that she wanted to be a librarian, in part, so that she could help students like her father become confident readers.  Ellison said, “It's the best feeling when someone starts thinking of themselves as a reader... or at least stops saying that they don't read.”

2013 I Love My Librarian Winner Charlotte Carr Vlasis

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Charlotte Carr Vlasis, librarian for the Chattanooga (Tenn.) School for the Liberal Arts, has made her library the hub of lifelong learning at her school.

That was how her nominator for a 2013 I Love My Librarian Award, Cindy Gaston, described her, writing that she “has created a library environment where research-based learning and passion for reading abound.”

Jennifer Jamison, School Librarian & 2013 I Love My Librarian Award-winner, Is Not Afraid to Dream

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In her words, Jennifer Jamison, school librarian at Atlantic City (N.J.) High School, the library provides a space for her students that is “safe, nurturing and invites participation.” It also provides expertise that “students otherwise in an urban setting would not get.”

Jamison’s words are bolstered by the results at both the Atlantic City High School library and also the Pennsylvania Avenue School Library, which was named a 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association.

Children's Librarian, April Hayley, Named San Anselmo's 2012 Person of the Year

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Celebrated children’s book author, Jeanne Walker Harvey, interviewed April Hayley, the 2012 San Anselmo, CA person of the year, and Children’s Librarian for the San Anselmo Library exclusively for I Love Libraries. Jeanne and April discuss the importance of children’s librarians in public libraries, as well as the unique and innovative programming that April has implemented in her library. Read the full interview below.

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