EasyBib’s Library Corner: Nominate & Get the Vote Out!

Emily Gover is an information literacy specialist and in-house librarian for EasyBib. Her professional interests lie in web services and design, usability, information literacy, instructional services and reference work. She continues to work part-time at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library, and has previous work experience at Berry College, Reader’s Digest and the University at Albany.

After reading the title of this blog post, it wouldn’t surprise me if you were anticipating some sort of political plug (ahem… Bubo for President!). Alas, Election Day is still a few months off, so while exercising your right to vote in government elections is important, you can get the vote out for an equally important cause: the I Love My Librarian Award 2012!

If you know a school, public, or academic librarian who deserves $5,000 and a trip to New York for accomplishing great things at your library, get a nomination in today.

Last year’s winners included librarians who developed local business resources at a public library, an elementary librarian who doubled a collection despite growing budget cuts, and an academic librarian who essentially serves as an entire writing center at a satellite campus.

Librarians are incredibly versatile professionals, who often wear different “hats” each day of the week. If it’s not maintaining the library’s web site, it’s working with instructors to teach research skills. If it’s not cataloging new materials, it’s serving on a committee to restructure the library’s budget. There are so many aspects to librarianship, and more and more librarians have no choice but to take on that one more task to complete. I Love My Librarian, which is sponsored by The Carnegie Corporation and The New York Times, sheds light on just a handful of librarians who tackle these issues every day.

Nominations are open now through September 12!

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