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Contact: Nanette Perez
Project Coordinator
For Immediate Release
May 20, 2004

Nolan Yelich receives Immroth Award


CHICAGO - Nolan T. Yelich, state librarian of Virginia, has been named the 2004 winner of the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedom, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT).

The Immroth Award honors intellectual freedom fighters who have demonstrated remarkable personal courage in resisting censorship.   The award consists of $500 and a citation.

The Immroth Award Committee chose Yelich for his courageous and victorious stand in defense of freedom of information in Virginia.   For several months he vigorously and publicly pursued the complete records of former Virginia Governor James Gilmore's administration for the state archives of Virginia. 

"Nolan Yelich demonstrated steadfast leadership in protecting and preserving the public interest by upholding state law," said Chair Sylvia Turchyn.   "With his thoroughly professional yet insistent pursuit of public information, Yelich sets an excellent standard for other state librarians faced with increasing refusals by elected government officials to surrender papers for archival preservation and access by the citizenry."

The award will be presented Saturday, June 26, at 1:30 p.m., during the IFRT program at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

For more information regarding the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award and past recipients, please visit