For immediate release | January 24, 2024

Nominations Open for 2024 IFRT John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nominations for the 2024 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, which honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression.

Visit the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award page to submit nominations (self-nominations are accepted). The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2024.

John Phillip Immroth was a teacher, author, scholar, advocate, and defender of First Amendment rights. He was the founder and first chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table in 1973. Established upon Immroth’s death in 1979, the award honors the courage, dedication, and contribution of a living individual, group, or organization that has set the finest kind of example for the defense and furtherance of the principles of intellectual freedom. The award consists of a citation and $500.

IFRT will present the award during the 2024 ALA Annual Conference in San Diego.

The Immroth Award is administered by the Immroth Committee, which includes Wanda Mae Huffaker, chair; Michael Blackwell; Kristin Pekoll; and Samuel Rumore.

About the Intellectual Freedom Round Table

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; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom. For more information, visit


About the American Library Association (ALA)

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government, and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library's role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit


Betsy Gomez 

Staff Liaison 

American Library Association 

Intellectual Freedom Round Table