Do you love your library? Do you love your librarian? If so, now is your opportunity to nominate your favorite librarian for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The sponsors of the award want to encourage "library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community." There will be up to 10 librarians awarded $5000 plus a stipend to travel to the national awards ceremony in New York City. Nominated librarians must meet the following criteria:
- 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.
Online nomination will be accepted through September 12, 2014. There are separate nomination forms for public, school, and college/university librarians. Select questions from the public librarian nomination form include:
- Please list a few ways in which the nominee has helped you and made your experience of the library a positive one. For instance, did the nominee inspire in you a love for literature; assist you in a project or finding other information?
- How has the librarian made a difference in the community?
- How has the library, and the nominee, improved the quality of your life?
- How does the nominee make the library a better place?
Similarly, select questions from the school librarian nomination form include:
- How has the nominee helped you and/or students at school? For example, did the nominee help you with a project, recommend resources or collaborate with you to enhance student learning?
- How does the nominee make the school a better place?
- How has the library, and the nominee in particular, had an impact on students and the learning process?
- How has the individual demonstrated leadership in the school community?
Finally, select questions from the college/university nomination form include:
- Please discuss how the nominee has helped you and/or others and made your experience of the library a more positive one. For instance, did the nominee assist you in a research project or enhance your students' learning experience?
- How does the nominee make the college, community college, or university a better place?
- How has the library, and the nominee in particular, had an impact on students and faculty and the teaching and learning process?
- How has the individual demonstrated leadership in the campus community?
The I Love My Librarian committee has received over 13,000 nominations and has awarded 60 librarians in the six years of its existence. In fact, Mary Ellen Pellington of the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup, New Mexico was one of the ten winners in 2012. New Mexico is full of other dedicated librarians and this annual award nomination period is the perfect opportunity to recognize other New Mexican librarians.
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