Today, 10 librarians are recognized for service to their communities, schools and campuses as winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.
More than 1,500 library patrons nationwide nominated a librarian. The 10 award recipients are:
Dorothy J. Davison
Horrmann Library, Wagner College
New York, N.Y
Roberto Carlos Delgadillo
Peter J. Shields Library
University of California, Davis
Beatriz Adriana Guevara
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Tunxis Community College Library
East Syracuse (N.Y.) Minoa School District:
Pine Grove Middle School Library
Rae Anne Locke
Saugatuck Elementary “Secret Garden” Library
Greta E. Marlatt
Naval Postgraduate School – Dudley Knox Library
Mary Ellen Pellington
Octavia Fellin Public Library
Madlyn S. Schneider
Queens Village, N.Y.
Julie Hatsell Wales
McNair Magnet School
Each receives a $5,000 cash award and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times, on Dec. 18. Robert K. Massie, winner of the 2012 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, for his work, Catherine the Great, Portrait of a Woman will make remarks at the ceremony.
In their nominations, library patrons told stories of how their librarians make a difference in their communities. This year’s winners include a librarian who coordinates her library’s mail-a-book program for homebound patrons, a bilingual librarian who specializes in outreach to her community’s Latino population and a college librarian who transformed her library into a supportive, 21st century research space.
Nominations were open to librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. Fifty librarians nationwide have won the I Love My Librarian award since 2008.
The award is a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association (ALA).
Commenting on the 2012 winners, Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation and Past President of the New York Public Library said, “The existence and the welfare of the library are of paramount importance in the life of a society, in the life of a community, the life of a school and a college, the life of a city, and the life of a nation. Indeed, libraries are a central part of our society. They are a critical component in the free exchange of information, which is at the heart of our democracy. In both an actual and symbolic sense, the library—and hence librarians—are the guardians of freedom of thought and freedom of choice.”
“The 1,500 nominations that library users nationwide sent in for this award tell a clear story: that librarians make a difference every day in the lives of their patrons and that libraries are vital to their communities,” said Maureen Sullivan, President of the American Library Association.
Members of the 2012 I Love My Librarian selection committee include Molly Raphael, ALA past president and committee chair; Dr. Rookaya Bawa, Carnegie Corporation of New York; Carl A. Harvey II, past president of the American Association of School Librarians, a division of ALA; Diane McNulty, The New York Times; Joyce L. Ogburn, past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA; and Eva Poole, President of the Public Library Association, a division of ALA.
About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was created 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. For more information visit: www.carnegie.org
About The New York Times Company
The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), a leading global, multimedia news and information company with 2011 revenues of $2.3 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com and related properties. The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA), the voice of America’s libraries, is the oldest, largest and most influential library association in the world. Its approximately 60,000 members are primarily librarians but also trustees, publishers and other library supporters. The association represents all types of libraries; its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.
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.