Post contributed by Lauren Lobdell our Client Services Manager for libraries, corporations and colleges.
There was no red carpet or statuettes of little gold men, but the excitement, passion and moving speeches felt just like the Academy Awards—for librarians. The “I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony” took place last Thursday at the Times Center in New York City. Hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times, the event celebrates 10 exceptional librarians from around the country.
And each and every librarian was exceptional. From creating adaptive technology for people with disabilities to using grants during a difficult funding period to doubling the size of their media collection and even integrating technology into school curriculums, it’s clear that libraries are making an impact in this digital age.
Adding to the glamour and fun of the evening were moving remarks by Caroline Kennedy who presented libraries as learning centers and librarians as champions of education, “serving on the frontlines of a battle that will shape our country.” Vartan Gregorian, the President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York added that libraries are creating equality for all people and evolving to “help us find our way along the electronic highway.”
As someone who works closely with libraries as a client services manager for Tutor.com, it was wonderful to see librarians get the credit they deserve for the important work they are doing. Even better, I was able to cheer on award recipients from our long time clients, the D.C. Public Library and Birmingham Public Library which participates in the HomeworkAlabama statewide program.
You can read more about all of the I Love My Librarian Award winners here and remember to nominate a librarian that you love for the 2012 awards!