Elizabeth "Betsy" Long of Doby’s Mill Elementary School in Lugoff, South Carolina is one of ten librarians nationwide to receive the "I Love My Librarian" Award. The award, presented on December 8th, is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation, the New York Times, and the American Library Association. Library users are asked to nominate outstanding public, school, college, community college, or university librarians who have made a difference at their institutions.
As noted in Betsy’s nomination, the Doby’s Mill Elementary School community feels that she is an invaluable asset and everyone is proud to count her as one of their own: "We cannot imagine a candidate more qualified and deserving of this honor. In the ten years that our school has been open, she has created a library media center that helps students think critically, share their knowledge, create new information, and grow individually."
In addition to the sense of professional achievement, each of the ten "I Love My Librarian" Award winners received a cash prize, a travel stipend to attend the award reception in New York, and plaques for both them and their libraries.