For immediate release | May 25, 2023

Intellectual Freedom Round Table announces 2023 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

CHICAGO – The ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is pleased to announce Amanda Jones, as the recipient of the 2023 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression.

Jones, a school librarian in Louisiana, spoke up against censorship and book bans at her local public library, addressing the rights of BIPOC and LGBTQ people, to read ideas and information that was meaningful to them. As a result, she became the target of harassment, slander and threats and was ostracized by her town. She responded with toolkits, a webpage, a citizen alliance, co-founded Louisiana Citizens against Censorship and fought back, gaining national media attention. She is a 22-year educator and a former 7th and 8th grade ELA teacher. She has a Masters +30, is a certified K-12 librarian, certified 1-8 elementary teacher, certified school administrator and certified reading specialist. She is currently the president of the Louisiana Association of School Librarians.

Established in 1979, upon the death of John Phillip Immroth, the Immroth Memorial Award honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living individual, group, or organization. The award consists of a citation and $500. Members of the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award Committee are Chair Wanda Mae Huffaker, Mrs. Sarah Beverly Burchart, Michael D. Kirby, Dr. Jennifer E. Steele.

INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM ROUND TABLE The Intellectual Freedom Round Table provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communication 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 policies on intellectual freedom.


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Karen Gianni

Staff Liaison

Intellectual Freedom Round Table