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Three New York Librarians Chosen for the I Love My Librarian Award

New York State was well represented in the 2012 I Love My Librarian Awards in December. Dorothy J. Davidson, Susan Kowalski and Madlyn S. Schneider were among the ten winners from around the country.  Each of the winners are library advocates in their own particular way and they were nominated by patrons, co-workers and administrators.

NYLA is very proud of these individuals. For more information on these and the other winners go to the 2012 I Love My Librarian Award winners page.

Dorothy J. Davidson, Horrmann Library, Wagner College
Staten Island, New York.

In her time at Wagner, Dr. Davidson has turned our library from a sleepy, not-quite- functioning library into an excellent, up-to-date and incredibly useful facility. From her hiring of an excellent staff, to her commitment to keeping completely up-to-date on all technological advances, to the new labs taught by her librarians, her excellence has permeated the entire library.

Susan Kowalski Pine Grove Middle School Library
East Syracuse, New York

If it’s happening at Pine Grove Middle School, Sue Kowalski is probably involved somehow. Sue should win this award because her positive attitude, boundless energy and passion for seeing students grow, learn, lead and reach their potential are evident in everything she does. It’s no coincidence that her library is the heart of the building. 

Sue is constantly transforming the library to adapt to our students. She doesn't expect the kids to change. Even better—she lets students get involved so they have ownership in the evolving library and its long list of activities & projects.


Madlyn S. Schneider, Queens Library
Queens, New York

Madlyn has a personal interest in each and every participant in this statewide program.  Using the telephone conference system she installed in Mail a Book (MAB), she opened up a new world to me (and other participants).  She even used the conference calling on holidays because she learned that homebound people are often lonely and depressed on holidays.  She did this on her own time.  When Hurricane Irene was coming, she recognized how apprehensive we were and she held a telephone conference call to get us through it.

If you know a librarian who you think is an appropriate candidate for this award, consider starting the nomination process. In order to be eligible, each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.  Each winner receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times.