We talk a lot about the importance of advocacy. Here’s a chance to do something; The New York Times, ALA and the Carnegie Corporation have made it possible through the “I Love My Librarian Award” to get our public… users, parents, teachers, kids, to take a moment, think deeply about why they love their libraries and their librarians and nominate them for an award. This is an opportunity for our constituency to make it known how librarians change lives.

Up to ten winners will be selected; each will receive $5,000 cash, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York hosted by The New York Times.

They have made it easy. The website provides a press release that can be adapted for your own community. The actual nomination is an easy-to-fill out on-line form, with separate ones tailored for public, school and college/university libraries.

Nominations are open through September 20.

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