The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression.
Established in 1979, upon the death of John Phillip Immroth, this award honors the courage, dedication, and contribution of a living individual, group, or organization who has set the finest kind of example for the defense and furtherance of the principles of intellectual freedom. The award consists of a citation and $500. John Phillip Immroth was a teacher, author, scholar, advocate, and defender of First Amendment rights. He was the founder and first Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table in 1973. His impact on the ideal of intellectual freedom and its practice was great.
2019: Jim Duncan
Jim Duncan, Executive Director of the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), is awarded the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for defending the principles of intellectual freedom. Duncan and his organization have been sued by an extremist group as "purveyors of pornography" for their role as a cooperative purchasing agent for library resources throughout the state of Colorado. (ALA Press Release)
Sponsor and Deadline
The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award is sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). The deadline for nominations is December 1 of each year.
Nominations and supporting evidence can be sent to: