Freedom to Read Foundation Offers Scholarships for Courses on Intellectual Freedom and Young Adults

For Immediate Release
Fri, 11/16/2018


Yumeka Brown

Program Officer

Freedom to Read Foundation


The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), is excited to announce a scholarship for the Spring 2019 seminar, Intellectual Freedom and Young Adults, offered through San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool).

The 3-credit seminar led by Professor Beth Wrenn-Estes runs from January 24 - May 13, 2019. The course will focus on intellectual freedom issues with youth, the value of youth literature to enhance individuals’ lives, the ethics of intellectual freedom, the psychology of censorship and how to combat it, and how to defend materials for youth. Before Wrenn-Estes started teaching for SJSU full-time she was a youth services librarian. She is passionate about libraries and especially serving youth. Wrenn-Estes received the iSchool Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012 and The Most Distinguished (Faculty) Service award in 2014.

The scholarship covers half the cost of the course and is open to any student enrolled in a LIS degree program. As part of a collaboration between FTRF and SJSU, staff and volunteers will lend their expertise as guest speakers, and the FTRF and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom archival materials will be made available to students.

Applications for the scholarships are November 30, 2018 and recipients will be announced December 14, 2018.  For more information and to apply for the scholarship visit

Students enrolled in programs affiliated with the WISE consortium will be provided course credit automatically upon completion of the course. Others will need to coordinate course credit with their home institution.

For more information regarding registration please contact at the SJSU iSchool.

The Freedom to Read Foundation ( is a First Amendment legal defense and education organization affiliated with the American Library Association. In 2009, following the death of its founding executive director Judith Krug, FTRF created the Judith Krug Memorial Fund. The Krug Fund has two purposes: to support Banned Books Week via event grants to organizations, and to provide intellectual freedom education. For more information on the Krug Fund, or to make a donation to support its work, please visit

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree program at the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information (iSchool) is delivered exclusively online, meaning everything is offered online including courses, internships, academic advising, faculty office hours, guest speaker presentations, research assistant opportunities, convocation, and more. Their MLIS degree program has a rich history at San José State University, with the first library science classes taught in 1928. The graduate degree program has been 100% online since 2009. Visit to learn more.