I Love My Librarian

Meet 2014 I Love My Librarian winner Cherry Hamrick

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Cherry Hamrick is one visionary who turns her vision into reality.

The director of the Delta Township District Library in Lansing, Michigan for more than 10 years, Hamrick was the driving force behind the design and construction of the new district library.  Jose Lopez, one of her nominators for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, called the building, which opened in 2008, “a well-used, IT-ready community asset.

Meet the winners of the 2014 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

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There are a total of 165,986 certified librarians in the United States, but only a relative handful can claim membership in an elite group – a group neither defined by birth nor monetary distinction.

What they have in common is the fact that they are loved.

This week, 10 librarians representing the spectrum of library service – public, school, academic and special, received the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award for outstanding public service to the community and ongoing commitment to changing lives through education.

School librarian Elissa Malespina, 2014 Bammy Award-winner, is the technology leader in her school

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In a recent tweet, Elissa Malespina wrote, "I believe that librarians must become the technology leaders in our school!"

Malespina doesn’t just talk the talk and she has the hardware to prove it, having recently received the 2014 Bammy Award in the school librarian category.

Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, the Bammy Awards recognize those who make a difference in the education of children, not only bringing their efforts to the public eye, but also encouraging collaboration across the disciplines responsible for delivering that education.

Michelle Luhtala Speaks About the Positive Impact of Winning the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award

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In June, at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas we spoke with Michelle Luhtala, winner of the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award, about the impact that winning had on her career and her local community.

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.”

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