For immediate release | May 21, 2013

Amanda Meeks wins 2013 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship from Freedom to Read Foundation

CHICAGO - The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has named Amanda Meeks as the sixth recipient of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will provide for Meeks' expenses to attend the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.

As part of the scholarship, Meeks will attend various FTRFand other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at the conference, consult with a mentor/board member and present a report about her experiences and thoughts. She will be recognized at the FTRF Annual Member Reception from 5 - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 in the Joliet Room of the Hilton Chicago.

Meeks received her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University in Portland, Ore. in 2012. She holds a B.S. in Art Education from Illinois State University Chicago. She has done extensive volunteer work with organizations such as the Q Center in Portland and, currently, with Chicago's innovative Read/Write Library, where she leads pop-up library initiatives and is launching a bicycle outreach program.

In addition to her Conable Scholarship duties, Amanda will present an "ignite" session at the ALA Annual Conference on librarians who are stepping away from their day jobs in order to fill the role of community partners and allies.

"The committee was impressed with Amanda's interest in connecting intellectual freedom to cutting-edge areas of library services," said Conable Scholarship Committee Chair Candace Morgan. "As libraries and librarians take on new challenges and continue to work to serve diverse communities, the Freedom to Read Foundation is excited to connect with motivated professionals like Amanda in ensuring that the values of intellectual freedom and privacy remain front and center.”

The Conable Scholarship was created to advance two principles that Gordon Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship. Gordon Conable was a California librarian and intellectual freedom champion who served several terms as president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. His unexpected death in 2005 inspired his wife, Irene Conable and the FTRF Board to create the Conable Fund, which provides funding for the Conable Scholarship.

To donate to the Conable Fund, please visit or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 4226.


Jonathan Kelley

Program Officer

Freedom to Read Foundation