Today Elissa Checov, manager of library services at Gwinnett Technical College / Gwinnett County Public Library in Lawrenceville, Georgia, was named a winner of the I Love My Librarian Award. Checov is being recognized for her exceptional contributions to the community and ongoing commitment to transforming lives through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Checov is commended for transforming the library into a welcoming hub that meets the needs of the students it serves.

Checov started by redesigning library spaces to include teaching and learning labs, commons and lounge areas. The spaces are more conducive to collaboration and accommodate how students are learning today.

Checov created a one-stop circulation and reference desk model to better assist students using the library. She also designs sessions and workshops to teach information literacy skills to help build students’ confidence with the research process.

The school is a commuter campus, and Checov is known for identifying ways the library can engage students with fun and educational activities, including both Poetry and Story Nights. The events have grown to feature more than 20 performances by students, staff and faculty.

Checov will receive a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony and reception held this evening in New York City. The ceremony is hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the award along with The New York Public Library and The New York Times. The American Library Association administers the award through its Public Awareness Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

As part of the award process, the public is invited to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries. This year nearly 1,100 nominations were submitted by library users detailing how librarians connected them to information, opportunities and critical technology to help improve the quality of their lives.

There are a total of 166,000 librarians in the United States who are experts in helping people access information and resources they need to succeed in today’s digital age. Librarians are continually working to meet the changing needs of the library users and communities they serve.

This year’s award recipients include three academic librarians, four public librarians and three school librarians. A complete list of the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award recipients can be found at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.