The American Library Association (ALA) is inviting all library users 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 who transform communities and improve lives. Nominations are being accepted online now through Oct. 21, 2019.
Ten librarians will receive $5,000, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on Jan. 25, 2020, which will take place during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia. Last year’s award winners included an academic librarian who stocks the library with non-perishable foods and toiletries for low-income students, a public librarian who created a book project to preserve refugees’ stories, and a school librarian who uses therapy and certified reading dogs to help students who are struggling with anxiety or have disabilities.
Since the award was established in 2008, library users nationwide have shared more than 19,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond to connect them to information, educational opportunities, and critical technology. Over the last decade, only 110 librarians have received this distinguished honor.
To be eligible for the award, each nominee must hold a master’s degree in library and information studies from a program accredited by the ALA or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational program accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must also work in either a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college, or university or at an accredited K-12 school in the United States.
The American Library Association has provided the following lists of tips to help you through the nomination process:
- 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.
- To make the process easier for applicants, we've provided a list of the prompts (Word doc) so you can prepare your nomination in advance and some tips for creating a standout nomination (PDF).
- 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.