Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which consists of $500 and a certificate, is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom.

The award was named for the extensively published Idaho State University librarian known as a “champion of intellectual freedom who demanded the dismantling of all barriers to freedom of expression.”

Works to be considered for the award may be single articles (including review pieces), a series of thematically connected articles, books, or manuals published on the local, state or national level in English or English translation.

Criteria for the award include: focus on one or more issues, events, questions or controversies in the area of intellectual freedom; demonstrable relevance to the concerns and needs of members of the library community; and, the work must have been published within the two-year period ending the December prior to the ALA Annual Conference at which it is granted. The 2012 award is for work published between 2010 and 2011.

Sponsor and Deadline

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award is sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). The deadline for the biennial award is December 1 of odd-numbered years (e.g., the deadline for the 2012 award will be December 1, 2011).


Download the Oboler nomination form (PDF). Nominations and supporting evidence should be sent to:  Bryan Campbell, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Telephone: 312-280-4220 or 800-545-2433, ext. 4223. Fax: 312-280-4227. E-mail: bcampbell@ala.org.