Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is running a contest to recognize librarians around the country, called “Are You a Librarian Superhero?” The company is asking librarians, library patrons, students, and school administrators to nominate “superhero librarians” who are “making a real difference for their library and community.”

A panel of Cengage Learning employees will choose four librarians, who will be recognized at the American Library Association’s annual meeting in June. Unshelved, a popular library cartoon, will create cartoon superhero characters of each winner, and will feature them in an upcoming comic strip. Gale’s booth at ALA will commemorate the winning librarians with cartoon figures, collectible lunch boxes, and a celebration.

People can nominate librarians between now and February 28 on Facebook or at