2023 I Love My Librarian Award Recipients

Congratulations to academic librarians Kathryn Blackmer Reyes, Tara Coleman, and David Ettinger on being among the recipients of the 2023 I Love My Librarian Award. Honorees are exceptional librarians from academic, public and school libraries who were nominated by patrons nationwide for their expertise, dedication and profound impact on the people in their communities.

ALA received more than 1,500 nominations from library users for this year’s award, which demonstrates the breadth of impact of librarians across the country. Hundreds of nominations focused on librarians’ outstanding service in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fight against censorship that continues to roil communities across the U.S.

Kathryn Blackmer Reyes, San José State University, San José, California: Blackmer Reyes has created a unique and welcoming space and given visibility to untold stories at San José State University through the library’s Africana, Asian American, Chicano, and Native American Studies Center. Among her many accomplishments is her oversight of the library’s annual Día de los Muertos celebration, which highlights the history and cultural tradition of the Mexican holiday with an exhibit featuring altars created by local artists, educational programming, performances and food.

Tara Coleman, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas: Coleman has spearheaded Kansas State University’s campus-wide common reading initiative. Known as K-State First Book, the first-year experience program has grown into a massive success and core element of campus culture since its inception in 2010, and now includes an array of campus events throughout the academic year including author talks, panel discussions, awards and incorporation into course curricula.

David Ettinger, George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia: With his expertise in international affairs and political science, Ettinger is supporting and helping shape the research mission of George Washington University. His student-centered and engaging approach to research assistance and instruction is improving student learning while highlighting the library’s critical role in advancing student success.

Complete details on all the recipients are available on the ALA website.

Honorees will each receive a $5,000 cash prize as well as complimentary registration and a $750 travel stipend to attend ALA’s LibLearnX event in New Orleans. The award ceremony will take place during the LibLearnX welcome reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.