From Gale, Jan. 31, 2011:

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the Are you a Librarian Superhero contest to recognize the often heroic efforts put forth by librarians around the country, and to encourage other feats of greatness.
DC Hero Minifigs - Wave 4photo © 2008 Julian Fong | more info (via: Wylio)

Gale is calling on everyone – fellow librarians, library patrons, students and school administrators – to nominate a superhero librarian who is making a real difference for their library and community. A panel of Cengage Learning employees will choose the top four superhero librarians who will be recognized at the American Library Association’s annual meeting. The winners will have a cartoon superhero character created in their likeness by the illustrators of Unshelved, a popular library cartoon, and will be featured in an upcoming comic strip. In the Gale booth at ALA, the winning librarians will be commemorated with cartoon figures, collectible lunch boxes and a celebration.

What: Gale Are You a Librarian Superhero Contest – nominate your superhero librarian today! Submissions need to include basic information about their librarian – full name, library name, and most importantly, what is super about them.

Who: All public, special, school and academic librarians in the U.S. and Canada, and the patrons, colleagues and friends who believe they are superheroes. See the contest rules for complete details at

When: Call for nominations is open February 1-28, 2011. Winners will be announced at the Gale booth during the opening reception of the American Library Association’s annual meeting on Friday, June 24, 2011 in New Orleans, LA.

Where: Librarians can nominate themselves or their peers by visiting the contest Facebook page at or by logging on to

Why: Librarians go to extraordinary lengths every day for their patrons. To celebrate those feats and encourage others, Gale will honor librarians everywhere by unmasking just a few of the superheroes among us.

Details: Please contact Kristina Massari at for more information or with questions about the contest.