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Bozeman, Montana, librarian receives I Love My Librarian Award

MaryAnne Hansen recognized with prestigious national public service honor

CHICAGO –MaryAnne Hansen, research services librarian at Montana State University’s Renne Library and president of the Montana Library Association, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Recognized for her leadership in the profession and commitment to transforming lives, she is one of only 10 librarians in the country to receive this national honor.

A leader in the tribal college library community, Hansen heads the university library’s Tribal College Librarians Institute (TCLI), which provides key professional development opportunities for librarians serving Indigenous college students. Her nominators noted that she works to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for professional development.

Tribal college libraries are often the only library on a reservation and fill the role of a public library. Hansen’s institute offers the only professional development that is freely available for tribal librarians. 

Hansen’s efforts to ensure tribal college librarians are able to receive the necessary training include procuring hundreds of thousands of dollars in IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grants that defray the travel expenses for librarians attending the institute.

Over the 29 year history of the TCLI, more than 400 librarians and presenters have benefited from the institute; many attendees return multiple times and represent 25 states, four Canadian provinces, and come from as far as New Zealand.

Hansen is also a leader in the library community, not only through her work with the Montana Library Association but also through her involvement with the American Indian Library Association, which has included working with the American Library Association to create an advocacy toolkit for rural, native and tribal libraries.

The American Library Association (ALA) receives I Love My Librarian Award nominations from the general public that showcase the lasting contributions of dynamic librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year library users nationwide submitted 1,974 detailing how their favorite librarians have gone above and beyond to improve community members’ lives.

Since the award’s inception in 2008, ALA has selected up to 10 librarians from a pool of hundreds of nominations. This year’s award winners will each receive a $5,000 cash prize, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, 2020, at 3 p.m. during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. The event will be streamed via Facebook Live at . 

Over the last decade, library supporters have shared more than 19,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond to connect them to information, educational opportunities and critical technology. Information regarding previous award winners, can be found on the I Love My Librarian website at

Carnegie Corporation of New York generously sponsors the I Love My Librarian Award. The New York Public Library and the New York Times are award co-sponsors. The ALA administers the award through ALA’s Communications and Marketing Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians. 

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