CHICAGO, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Library Association (ALA) asks library users to nominate librarians that have transformed lives and communities through education and lifelong learning for its coveted 2015 I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians. Library users can nominate their favorite librarians now through September 28 by visiting http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.
Each year since the award's inception in 2008, the ALA selects up to 10 librarians from a pool of thousands of nominations. Award winners will each receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony and reception in New York City on Dec. 3, 2015, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Each nominee must be a librarian with a master's degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or hold a master's degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational program 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.
In the award's first seven years, library supporters nationwide shared more than 14,000 nominations for exceptional librarians. A total of 70 librarians have won the award to date. For more information regarding previous award winners, please visit http://ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/2014/14winners.
The I Love My Librarian Award is generously sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This year the ALA welcomes The New York Public Library as a co-sponsor. The ALA administers the award through the ALA's Public Awareness Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.
About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding." In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.
About The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves more than 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
SOURCE American Library Association