Library Journal Recognizes Unsung Heroes of the Library with Paralibrarian Award

lj.pngFull-time, degree-holding librarians represent only a minority of the people who make public libraries run smoothly. In point of fact, Friends, volunteers, and library paraprofessionals are responsible for much of the day-to-day work.

If your Friends of the Library group contains a paraprofessional who goes above and beyond the call of duty in support of the library, or you work closely with one, Library Journal encourages you to nominate them for "Paralibrarian of the Year."

Evaluation criteria include excellence in job performance, a forward-thinking mentality and record as a trailblazer, and a clear commitment to the concept of “free access to information for all.” Nominators are asked to compose a short letter describing, in 500 words or less, why your favorite paralibrarian is a strong candidate for this high honor. Additional supporting letters are welcome, and accompanying materials will be accepted, but precedence is given to the nominating letter.

Library Journal will feature one winner in its March 2015 issue. Paralibrarian of the Year also comes with a $1,500 cash prize and a special reception at the ALA Conference in June.

Click here for more information, and to read up on past winners. Direct questions to