Gordon M. Conable Award

About the Gordon M. Conable Award
The recipient of the Gordon M. Conable Award must have demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights in various ways, including, but not limited, to the following: developed and promoted collections that include diverse points of view; provided programs that promote community dialog on controversial issues; created and nurtured an organizational climate that fosters an understanding of the Library Bill of Rights amongst the library staff, library board, and elected and appointed officials; initiated activities at the local, state, or national level that promote, support, or defend intellectual freedom, the Library Bill of Rights, or the First Amendment; guaranteed open access to library materials and services for children and young adults; guaranteed open access to electronic information; defended library materials, programs, or services when confronted with a censorship challenge.

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Award and Frequency

Annual $1,500 award.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


Members of the current Gordon M. Conable Award Jury are ineligible to receive the Gordon M. Conable Award.The Gordon M. Conable Award will honor a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights.

Application Instructions


To submit an application for this award, please visit the PLA Awards Online Application.

PLA will forward the applications to the current chair of the Gordon M. Conable Award Jury. PLA reserves the right to extend the application deadline.

Contact Information

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