2019 I Love My Librarian Award: Submit Your Candidate Today!

Let’s face it. Your library can boast the best facility and collections in the world, but it all counts for little without top-notch staff. In recognition of this fact, the American Library Association created its popular “I Love My Librarian” campaign and award.


As the name suggests, this long-standing program recognizes the service of exemplary public, academic, or school librarians. Ten individuals are honored each year, and awarded $5,000 each (plus a travel stipend to attend a December recognition ceremony).

Click here to learn more, and to nominate someone. Be sure to do so before Monday, October 21. Note that applications must be submitted online, and in just one browsing session. (In other words, you cannot save and return to your work.) Your candidate must hold an MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited university, and be practicing in the field currently, in order to be eligible.

Pro Tips: Valuable application tips from ALA can be found here. And if you nominated a candidate in years past, you pull up and resubmit their application on the program website!