2017 I Love My Librarian Award Winners

Congratulations to academic librarians Julie Bill, Mary Jo Fayoyin, and Natalia Fernández on being among the recipients of the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award. Selected from more than 1,100 nominations submitted by library users nationwide, the winning librarians were recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.

Julie BillJulie Bill, Director of Library Services, Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music, Los Angeles, California

Julie was recognized for creating her library’s website and app; working closely with her team of student staff, including creating an award to honor high achieving student library assistants; and making her library the “go to place” for all kinds of information on campus.


Mary Jo FayoyinMary Jo Fayoyin, Dean of Library & Media Services, Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia

Mary Jo was recognized for drawing on student feedback and data to transform library to serve the community’s evolving needs; setting and follows goals for library instruction, focusing on assisting both faculty and students with library skills; and encouraging student success through mentorships.


Natalia Fernández, Curator and Archivist of the Oregon Multicultural Archives and OSU Queer Archives, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Natalia was recognized for being co-director and lead archivist for the Oregon State Queer Archives, her creative outreach strategies (e.g. “Glitter in the Archives” event giving community members a chance to do crafts with archival materials), and for being a leader in social justice and activism on campus.


Each winning librarian received a $5,000 prize on November 30 at an award ceremony and reception hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which cosponsors the award with New York Public Library and The New York Times.

Congratulations to Julie, Mary Jo, Natalia, and all of the other 2017 award winners!