Saturday, September 10, 2011

Do You Love Your Librarian?

ALA is running a contest to recognize a librarian in your community! Here's the press release from ALA:

Library patrons encouraged to nominate a local librarian to win $5,000 national award
(CITY, STATE) – 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.
Nominations are open through September 12 for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award encourages 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 community.
Nominations are accepted only at through an online form.
Up to 10 librarians nationwide will be selected to win $5,000 and 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, 30 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
Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the 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 public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.
The award is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times and administered by the American Library Association (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.