For immediate release | April 22, 2013

Kent Oliver to speak at United for Libraries’ Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will host its Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon, “Intellectual Freedom & Accompanying Library Policies,” from noon-1:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The traditional luncheon presented by United for Libraries will feature Kent Oliver, director of the Nashville Public Library and former chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Oliver has an MLIS from Emporia State University and has worked in libraries in Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. From November 2001 until 2012 he was executive director of the Stark County District Library in Canton, Ohio, the 2009 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and recognized annually as a Star Library by Library Journal. His tenure as director of the Nashville Public Library, 2010 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, began in 2012. Oliver is a past president of two state library associations and has been the chair of two state library association intellectual freedom committees.

A past member of many American Library Association committees and task forces, he is a former Kansas Chapter Councilor to the American Library Association’s Council, chaired ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee for four years and is a past member of the Executive Board of ALA. Oliver is a three-time president of the Freedom to Read Foundation.

Advance tickets to United for Libraries’ Specialized Outreach Services Luncheon cost $55 ($50 for United for Libraries personal members). Onsite tickets cost $65. Event code: UFL3. For more information on purchasing tickets or other United for Libraries events at the ALA Annual Conference, visit

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