Freedom to Read Foundation unveils new website, blog

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/07/2012

Contact:

Jonathan Kelley
Program Coordinator
Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)
800-545-2433 ext.4226
jokelley@ala.org

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) — the First Amendment legal defense organization affiliated with the American Library Association — has unveiled its new website. The site — which retains the URL www.ftrf.org — is a significant upgrade for the organization and will enhance the online experience for FTRF members, donors, grant and award applicants and those who want to know more about the cases and programs in which FTRF is involved.

Among the features of the new site are the new FTRF Blog, the ability for members to update their contact information, individual profiles for those on the FTRF Roll of Honor and a more streamlined process for those applying for the Judith F. Krug Banned Books Week event grants and Gordon M. Conable ALA Conference scholarships. The site is tightly integrated with FTRF's Facebook page, Twitter feed (@ftrf) and other communication and outreach efforts.

"The new FTRF website is a significant milestone in our efforts to increase FTRF's profile, grow our membership and develop our organizational capacity," said FTRF President Candace Morgan.  "It is one of the first tangible products of our ambitious strategic plan and provides a terrific platform for developing future initiatives."

"We invite our members and the general public to peruse the site, read the blog, explore the profiles of our Roll of Honor members, check out the litigation and other activities FTRF has been involved in — and then spread the word to their friends," said FTRF Executive Director Barbara Jones. "Too many librarians and other supporters of intellectual freedom are still unaware of the Foundation and its role in making sure libraries are centers of free inquiry. This new site is an exciting part of our efforts to increase that awareness and fulfill our mission."

The Freedom to Read Foundation was established in 1969 as a First Amendment legal defense organization affiliated with the American Library Association. FTRF is a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation from the American Library Association, working in close liaison with the ALA. The secretariat is located in the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.