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2013 Year in Review: I Love My Librarian Award Winners

The New York Times, ALA, and Carnegie Corporation of New York honored ten librarians on December 17, 2013.
The New York Times, ALA, and Carnegie Corporation of New York honored ten librarians on December 17, 2013.
American Library Association, The New York Times, and Carnegie Corporation of New York

The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times, and the American Library Association (A.L.A.) announced on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, "Ten librarians from various types of libraries joined the company of a select few as recipients of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times 'I Love My Librarian' Award today. The 2013 recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education. Only 60 librarians nationwide have won the I Love My Librarian Award since its inception in 2008."

There are 166,305 certified librarians in the United States who, along with more than 200,000 dedicated library workers, offer services to the elderly, job-seekers, small business owners, families, students and others.

As part of the nominating process, more than 1,100 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives. The nominations detailed how local librarians provided life-changing resources for multicultural communities and new Americans, created fun and educational safe havens for youth, and strived [sic] to preserve local history.

Patrons nominated librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries.

The winners each received a $5,000 cash award, a plaque, and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York City, hosted by The New York Times, on December 17, 2013. Richard Ford, winner of the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his novel Canada, was the keynote speaker at the event.

The ten winners were Julia Allegrini of the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library in Covington, Kentucky; Dr. Shahla Bahavar of the University of Southern California Libraries in Los Angeles; Holly Camino of the
Buckeye Library, a branch of the Medina County District Library in Medina, Ohio; Kathy Meulen Ellison of Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School in Bainbridge Island, Washington; Harold M. Forbes, Curator, West Virginia & Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries in Morgantown, West Virginia; Caroline "Xiaofang" Han of the Cleveland Public Library; Jennifer J. Jamison of Atlantic City High School in New Jersey; Julie Kane of Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia; Molly Ledermann, Reference Librarian, Missoula Public Library in Missoula, Montana; and Charlotte Carr Vlasis of the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts. This was the sixth annual "I Love My Librarian" Award ceremony.

In 1911, the Scottish-American steel magnate-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1911) founded the Carnegie Corporation of New York “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” This was about twenty-two years after The North American Review had published his article "Wealth," which was later re-published as Part I of The Gospel of Wealth.

The New York Times Company had 2010 revenues of $2,400,000,000. Its crown jewel is The New York Times and It also publishes the Paris-based International New York Times (formerly The International Herald Tribune).

Until the Internet began to give newspapers serious competition as both a vehicle for the delivery of news and for advertising dollars, The New York Times Company owned a large number of media outlets, including The New York Times, thirty-one regional newspapers, twenty magazines, five television stations, and two radio stations. It co-owned The International Herald Tribune, but, in 2002, it bought the half-interest in The International Herald Tribune owned by The Washington Post Company.

In 2013, The New York Times Company sold The Boston Globe,, and to the financier John William Henry II, best known for heading Fenway Sports Group, the majority shareholder in the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park, for $70,000,000. This represents a major loss in value when we consider The New York Times Company had purchased The Boston Globe for $1,100,000,000 in 1993.

In 2013, The New York Times Company also announced it would change the name of The International Herald Tribune to the International New York Times. In 2012, it sold About Group (which included to IAC/InterActiveCorp for $300,000,000.

The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The ALA administered the award through the Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

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