Contact: Judith F. Krug
Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom
For Immediate Release
June 8, 2007
Lucille C. Thomas named 2007 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award recipient
CHICAGO - Lucille C. Thomas, immediate past president of the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library’s Board of Trustees and former assistant director of the New York City Board of Education, Office of Library, Media & Telecommunications, is the recipient of the 2007 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award.
This year marks Thomas’ 50th year of membership in the American Library Association (ALA); in 2003 she was awarded an honorary membership,
“We are thrilled to be able to add Lucille’s name to the FTRF Roll of Honor,” said FTRF Executive Director Judith Krug. “She is a legendary figure in librarianship, and a staunch champion of this organization and its ideals. Her entire career has been centered on increasing access—without restriction—to the wealth of information in libraries. On the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Roll of Honor, it is fitting to have such a distinguished colleague accept this award.”
The award will be presented at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference during its Opening General Session on Saturday, June 23, from 5:30–7 p.m., at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor was established in 1987 to recognize and honor those individuals who have contributed substantially to FTRF through adherence to its principles and/or substantial monetary support. FTRF was founded in 1969 to promote and defend the right of individuals to freely express ideas and to access information in libraries and elsewhere. FTRF fulfills its mission through the disbursement of grants to individuals and groups, primarily for the purpose of aiding them in litigation, and through direct participation in litigation dealing with freedom of speech and of the press.