Be Inspired by These Award-winning Librarians

The winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award have been announced. Librarians in public, school, university, and community college libraries were nominated by library patrons, who shared stories of how their librarians make a difference in their communities. I thought I’d share the stories of four winning librarians who stood out to me not only for their dedication to the profession, but also for the innovative programming they bring to their communities.

NaNoWriMo @ your library

Many aspiring novelists are brainstorming and charging their laptops in preparation for visiting your library during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a creative writing project whose goal is to get people of all ages to try to write a novel of 50,000 words by the end of November. Many libraries across the country will be acting as Come Write In points for NaNoWriMo participants, offering a welcoming environment for people as they work on their novels.

I Love My (Programming) Librarian

four of the ten 2011 I Love My Librarian Award winners (clockwise fromtop left): Venetia V. Demson, Martha Ferriby, Jennifer O. Keohane, and Saundra Ross-Forrest

Burnsville Public Library Wins Library Programming Award

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that the Burnsville Public Library, in Burnsville Miss., is the recipient of the 2011 Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award.

This award, donated by the Marshall Cavendish Corporation, honors a school or public library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by providing programs that have community impact and responds to community needs. Advocacy, partnerships and creative of use of resources, regardless of the size of the library, are taken into consideration.

Winners of the 2011 John Cotton Dana Awards

Editor’s note: Below you’ll find great examples for boosting your library’s PR. And don’t miss Loudoun County Public Library’s “Try Poetry” program.

Five libraries are winners of the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, which recognizes and honors outstanding achievement in library public relations.

I Love My Librarian Award Winners Announced

Librarians in our nation’s 122,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans every day. Today, ten 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 2,000 library users nationwide nominated a librarian. The ten award recipients are:

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