A Montana State University librarian is among ten librarians in the country who have received a prestigious national award.

Mary Anne Hansen has won the I Love My Librarian Award for her leadership and commitment to her profession, according to a news release from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which sponsors the award with the New York Public Library and the New York Times.

Hansen is a research services librarian at MSU’s Renne Library.

She also heads the university library’s Tribal College Librarians Institute, which provides free professional development opportunities to librarians who serve indigenous college students. Since the institute began in 1989, more than 400 librarians and presenters have attended. Hansen’s work includes obtaining more than $800,000 in grants to reduce the travel expenses for librarians attending the Tribal College Librarians Institute.

According to the news release, Hansen’s nominators said “she works to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for professional development.”

Hansen works with the Montana Library Association and the American Indian Library Association. She has partnered with the American Library Association to develop resources for rural, native and tribal libraries.

Each year, the American Library Association receives award nominations from the public for librarians who have made important contributions to public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year, there were more than 1,900 librarians were nominated for the award.

Hansen and the other award winners will each receive $5,000, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend a ceremony in Philadelphia for the I Love My Librarian award.

This story has been updated to reflect the value of the grants Hansen has received through her work at MSU.


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