For immediate release | May 6, 2014

Five win election to Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Trustees

CHICAGO — Five members of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) were elected to two-year terms on the board of trustees in the annual FTRF election. Current FTRF President Julius C. Jefferson Jr. was re-elected to the board, while Gretchen McCord, Kathy Ishizuka and Em Claire Knowles were elected for the first time. Martin Garnar, who also won election, previously served on the board as an ex-officio member when he was chair of the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee.

The five will join Helen Adams, Robert P. Doyle, Chris Finan, Herb Krug, Jim Neal, and Eva Poole to form the FTRF Board for 2014–2015, which will be seated at the end of the FTRF Annual Board Meeting on June 26 in Las Vegas. There will be four additional members of the board, who serve as a function of their positions at the American Library Association: Courtney Young, incoming ALA president; Sari Feldman, incoming ALA president-elect; Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director; and J. Douglas Archer, ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee chair.

"We are excited to have such accomplished and talented additions to the Board of Trustees," said Barbara Jones, FTRF secretary and executive director. "The new trustees bring a diverse and powerful set of experiences to the table: Gretchen McCord is an attorney and past president of the Texas Library Association, Kathy Ishizuka is a journalist with School Library Journal, and Dr. Em Claire Knowles is assistant dean at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Returning trustees Martin Garnar and Julius Jefferson have been true leaders in intellectual freedom efforts for many years."

For bios and more details about the elected trustees, visit

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Jonathan Kelley

Program Officer

Freedom to Read Foundation

Freedom to Read Foundation