The ALA invites library users nationwide to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations are accepted online now through Sept. 30, 2023.
Ten librarians will each receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Awardees will be honored at the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony at the 2024 LibLearnX Conference in Baltimore; honorees will also receive free full conference registration as part of their award packages.
Since the award was established in 2008, library users nationwide have submitted more than 20,000 nominations detailing how librarians transformed their communities’ inclusivity, digital access and literacy. 150 librarians have received this distinguished honor.
Last year’s honorees included a public librarian who helped established a mobile library to reach rural communities, an academic librarian who has made a common reading program a centerpiece of her university’s campus culture, and a school librarian who has worked to ensure struggling students and their families have access to books and essential needs.
Full eligibility criteria, as well as tips for writing a strong nomination, are available on the award website.
The philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York has generously sponsored the I Love My Librarian Award since its inception. The New York Public Library is also a supporter of the award. The award is administered by the American Library Association.