For immediate release | April 13, 2020

Connecticut Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee receives the 2020 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association is pleased to announce that the Connecticut Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee is the 2020 recipient of the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) of the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) identified emerging issues with LinkedIn Learning (formerly and initiated a national conversation within the profession on the topic of privacy and the appropriate use of patron information. Beginning with statewide discussion, then a widely read blog post by state IFC Chair Samantha Lee, the advocacy efforts they initiated inspired a campaign that resulted in LinkedIn Learning changing its registration terms for library users and dropping the requirement to create a LinkedIn profile to access the service.

The Hodges Award recognizes an organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality, and anti-censorship efforts. The award is named after Gerald Hodges, an ALA staff member from 1989 to 2006. Chapter relations and intellectual freedom were his passions and he willed a portion of his estate to support those efforts. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation and has been given since 2013.

Members of the Coalition Building Committee are: Shane Roopnarine (Chair), University of Central Florida; Stephanie Barnaby, Boston University School of Law; Heather Hopkins; Eldon Ray James, a retired Freedom of Information Act researcher from Austin, Texas; Isabel Gordon Klein, Cuyahoga County Public Library; and Amanda Vazquez, Dubuque County Library District.

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; and promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA's policies on intellectual freedom. @IFRT_ALA

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Kristin Pekoll

IFRT Staff Liaison

American Library Association

Intellectual Freedom Round Table