Congratulations to academic librarians Jessica Bell, Sean Bird, Naomi Bishop, and Jianye He on being among the recipients of the 2021 I Love My Librarian Award. ALA received 1,865 nominations for this year’s award, which showcases the incredible achievements of librarians across the country. Hundreds of nominations focused on librarians’ swift and effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, from hosting virtual programs to distributing books and technology safely to those in need.
Jessica Bell, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston: Bell’s leadership has transformed the MGH Institute library into a world-class resource for teaching and learning, offering information literacy training for all students, open access course materials and considerable expertise in instructional design.
Sean Bird, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas: Bird is recognized for his tireless dedication to Washburn’s students, many of whom are from underserved and underrepresented communities. During 2020’s emergency shift to online learning, he led a technology lending program that distributed laptops to every student who needed one.
Naomi Bishop, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix: Bishop is a champion for social justice, raising much-needed awareness about racism in health sciences literature and leading the College of Medicine – Phoenix to develop more equitable and inclusive curricula. She has also contributed valuable research and reference expertise to the local medical community during the pandemic.
Jianye He, University of California-Berkeley: Chinese studies scholars in Berkeley and beyond rely on He for expert assistance locating hard-to-find sources. Her vast network of research contacts, welcoming demeanor and extensive subject knowledge have made her indispensable to the scholarly community.
Complete details on all the recipients are available on the ALA website.
Honorees will each receive a $5,000 cash prize, a $750 donation to their library, and complimentary registration to ALA’s 2021 Virtual Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. The virtual award ceremony will take place during the conference at 2:30 p.m. Central on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, and will be available to stream live on the ALA YouTube channel.