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Nominations, which will run through September 12, are being accepted online at http://www.atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian.
Librarians in our nation’s 122,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people every day. If a local librarian has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.
The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their communities.
Up to ten librarians nationwide will be selected to win $5,000, and they will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times. Winners will be announced in December.
Over the past three years, thirty librarians from across the country have won the I Love My Librarian Award. Last year, more than 2,000 library users nationwide nominated a librarian. Previous winners have been lauded for starting community gardens, helping students with severe disabilities read classic works of literature, for helping non-traditional students learn new technology to get better jobs and more. For more information on previous winners, visit http://www.atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian.
Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) 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 library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, an accredited K-12 school or a public library.
The award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times, and administered by the ALA, the oldest and largest library association in the world, and The Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign about the value of libraries and librarians.