Freedom to Read Foundation

Six trustees elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board

CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held this past April. Current FTRF Vice President Emily Knox and Executive Committee member Robert Holley were both re-elected to the board. Peter Coyl, Sara Dallas, Eldon Ray James and Cyndi Robinson were newly elected. The candidates will join the FTRF Board of Trustees following the June Freedom to Read Foundation meeting in Washington, DC. Learn more about the candidates:

Kickstarter Campaign Launched to Support the Book “Reading Dangerously” a Commemoration in Honor of the Freedom to Read Foundations 50th Anniversary

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is producing a commemorative book “Reading Dangerously” to celebrate its anniversary and highlight 50 years of advocacy, education, and litigation through essays, oral histories, images, and book excerpts. The book will feature a forward by author Neil Gaiman and an essay by former FTRF director James LaRue that looks forward to the foundation’s next 50 years.

Freedom to Read Foundation Names 2019 Gordon M. Conable Scholarship Winner

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Amanda Vazquez as the recipient of the 2019 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will cover Ms. Vazquez’s expenses to attend the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2019 Roll of Honor Awards

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Committee is excited to announce Pamela (Pam) R. Klipsch, Director of Jefferson County Library in High Ridge, Missouri, as the recipient of the 2019 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award. The award will be presented at the opening session of the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Intellectual Freedom Course and Scholarship Opportunities

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is excited to partner with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool) and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign iSchool (iSchool at Illinois) on two Fall intellectual freedom courses.  In addition to encouraging students throughout the country to take the course, FTRF is offering one half-scholarship per course for current library and information science (LIS) students.

Freedom to Read Foundation to Host Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom Webinar

Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for “Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom,” a free webinar on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. PST/1 p.m. CST/2 p.m. EST.

Twice a year, FTRF trustees and liaisons meet to discuss emerging intellectual freedom topics in our libraries, schools and government offices. Often these topics overlap with issues of privacy, censorship and the First Amendment.

Join members of the FTRF Developing Issues Committee Barbara Stripling and Ray James for an overview of newsworthy intellectual freedom topics, including:

Colson Whitehead to Keynote Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will be the keynote speaker for the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2019. Tickets for this commemorative celebration are now available.

Humble Bundle and No Starch Press Launch Charity Promotion to Benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation

No Starch Press, an independent tech publishing company, has partnered with Humble Bundle to launch a Coder’s Bookshelf promotion to benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation. The bookshelf features the ebooks “The Rust Programming Language,” “The Principles of Object-Oriented JavaScript,” “Python Playground,” and more. The Humble Bundle: Coder’s Bookshelf will be available for purchase until April 8, 2019.

[Call for Nominations] 2019 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

Are you interested in Intellectual Freedom? Would you like to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in June and learn how the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and other groups in ALA are working to protect access to information? Applications are now open for the 2019 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by FTRF. The Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the ALA’s Annual Conference June 20-25 in Washington, D.C.