Freedom to Read Foundation opens nominations for 2015 trustee elections

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/03/2014


Jonathan Kelley

Program Officer

Freedom to Read Foundation


CHICAGO — Nominations are now open for the April 2015 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustee elections. Six positions on the FTRF board of trustees will be filled in the election to be held April 1 – May 1, 2015. Each person elected in the 2015 election will serve a two-year term on the board, beginning at the close of the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco and continuing through the end of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Trustees are required to attend two one-day meetings per year, which are held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting.

Nominations should be sent by Dec. 31, 2014 to: Freedom to Read Foundation, Attn: Nominating Committee, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago,IL 60611. In addition, nominations may be emailed to  The Nominating Committee will select 12–18 candidates to appear on the election ballot.  The members of the FTRF Nominating Committee are: Eva Poole, Virginia Beach (chair); Chris Finan, New York; and Martin Garnar, Denver.  

FTRF members also may be slated for candidacy by petition by submitting 25 signatures of current FTRF members in support of the candidate. The executive director of the Foundation must receive names of petition candidates and the required signatures to support each no later than Jan. 31, 2014. Only FTRF members for the year 2015 are eligible to seek election to the board. To join FTRF or renew your membership for 2015, visit

The Freedom to Read Foundation, a sister organization of the American Library Association, 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.