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Contact:  Larra Clark
      Manager of Media Relations
For Immediate Release
December 23, 2004            


Krug receives honorary doctorate

(Chicago) The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that Judith F. Krug will be recognized with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May 2005. 

Krug, director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom since its founding in 1967, is a tireless advocate for libraries and intellectual freedom.  For almost 40 years, Krug has advised countless librarians and trustees in dealing with challenges to library materials. She also helped found the Freedom to Read Foundation, a sister organization to ALA, and has served as its executive director since 1969.  She is a noted author and speaker in the area of intellectual freedom.

"Judith is a leading voice for the profession's commitment to intellectual freedom," said ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. "This honor from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign truly recognizes a lifetime contribution to libraries and fighting for the First Amendment. Everyone at ALA is just delighted now to be able to call her 'Doctor Krug.'"

Krug has been honored previously with the Joseph P. Lippincott Award, the library profession's highest honor; the Robert B. Downs Award for outstanding contribution to the cause of intellectual freedom in libraries; the Intellectual Freedom Award of the Illinois Library Association; and the Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award, among others.  She received her master's in library science from the University of Chicago.

Krug will receive the honorary degree at commencement exercises on May 15, 2005, in Urbana-Champaign. 


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