The 2019 “I Love My Librarian Award” given by the American Library Association was awarded to a Nebraska School Librarian for the first time ever. Stephanie Dannehl was one of ten recipients from all over the United States to receive this prestigious award. She was selected from a pool of 1,974 nominees working in public, school, college, community college and university libraries.
Mrs. Dannehl has been the Media Center librarian and Technology Integration Specialist at Bertrand Community School for the past six years. In that time she has been instrumental in assisting teachers in learning to use technology, strategies, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) principles within classrooms. She also guides students in STEM enrichment opportunities during after-school club activities and within classrooms assisting teachers in developing student skills.
Mrs. Dannehl has helped make these opportunities possible by acquiring cutting-edge technologies. She has opportunities to attend conferences all over the United States several times a year to learn about the newest innovations available. Over the past few years, she has been able to add to student learning with HoloLens devices that allow students to learn through virtual reality using holographic images. A 3D printer and recently, a Hypervsn holographic display, have been added to the list of high tech devices housed in the Bertrand Community School Media Center.
The award winners are given a $5000 cash prize and will be presented with a plaque on January 25 at a ceremony in Philadelphia. The event will be streamed live via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanLibraryAssociation/.