Press Kit

I Love My Librarian Award Press Kit

The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. The award is a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Public Library, The New York Times and the American Library Association.

Each year up to 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York. In 2017 more than 1100 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association 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 public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

Members of the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award Selection Committee:

Julie Todaro, Chair
Immediate Past President
American Library Association

Audrey P. Church
Immediate Past President
American Association of School Librarians,
a division of the American Library Association

Pam Sandlian Smith
President
Public Library Association,
a division of the American Library Association

Irene M. H. Herold
Immediate Past President
Association of College & Research Libraries,
a division of the American Library Association

Christopher Platt 
Chief Branch Library Officer
New York Public Library

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Media Contacts

Heather Cho
American Library Association
312-280-4020
hcho@ala.org

Celeste Ford
Carnegie Corporation of New York
212-207-6277
cfc@carnegie.org

 

 

2017 Winners


Julie Bill
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Julie Bill

Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music
Los Angeles, California

Press release: Two L.A. librarians receive national public service honor

 

 

Sheikla Blount
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Sheikla Blount

Columbiana Middle School
Columbiana, Alabama


Press release: Columbiana, Alabama librarian receives national public service honor

 

 

Annie Cipolla
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Annie Cipolla

Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles, California


Press release: Two L.A. librarians receive national public service honor

 

 

Rosemary Cooper
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Rosemary Cooper

Albert Wisner Public Library
Warwick, New York


Press release: Warwick, N.Y. librarian receives national public service honor

 

 

Laurie Doan
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Laurie Doan

Tredyffrin Public Library
Strafford, Pennsylvania

Press release: Strafford, Pennsylvania librarian receives national public service honor

 

 

Mary Jo Fayoyin
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Mary Jo Fayoyin

Savannah State University
Savannah, Georgia

Press release: Savannah, Georgia librarian receives national public service honor

 

 

 

Natalia Fernadez
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Natalia Fernández

Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon


Press release: Corvallis, Oregon librarian receives national public service honor

 

 

Marcia Kochel
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Marcia Kochel

Druid Hills Middle School
Decatur, Georgia


Press release: Decatur, Georgia librarian receives national public service honor

 

 

Rita Platt
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Rita Platt

St. Croix Falls Elementary
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin


Press release: St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin librarian receives national public service honor

 

 

Timothy Ryan
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Timothy Ryan

Rochester Public Library
Rochester, New York

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