Roosevelt Weeks, deupty director for the Houston Public Library, was named among the nation's top 10 librarians by the American Library Association. Weeks was selected from nearly 1,1000 nominations to earn the organization's "I Love My Librarian Award," which has been bestowed to 90 librarians nationwide since 2008.
Weeks and the other librarians were honored at an award ceremony held in New York City each received a $5,000 prize. The ceremony was hosted by the philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award along with The New York Public Library and The New York Times.
He was recognized for motivating the HPL organization to think outside the box, and for making it an indispensable thread in the fabric of the City of Houston. The 2016 "I Love My Librarian Award" recipients included three academic librarians, four public librarians and three school librarians.
“The I Love My Librarian Award is an incredible opportunity to acknowledge librarians as experts and valuable resources, essential to the success of their libraries and communities,” said Julie Todaro, president of the American Library Association (ALA). “As highly educated professionals, librarians are providing library constituents with the tools and knowledge they need to grow and thrive in today’s changing information landscape. The fact that these nominations come from the people they serve gives us heartfelt testimony to the powerful impact librarians make every day through their work and commitment to their profession.”