Announcing the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

Freedom to Read Foundation

The Freedom to Read Foundation is proud to announce the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship enables a library school student or new professional to attend ALA’s Annual Conference, with a specific focus on intellectual freedom meetings and programs.

The 2008 ALA Annual Conference will be held June 26–July 2 in Anaheim, CA.

The Conable Scholarship will provide for registration, transportation, housing for six nights, and a per diem. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and present a report about their experiences.

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2008 Conable Scholarship is Monday, May 5; the award will be announced on Wednesday, May 14. (Note: If the recipient is already registered for ALA’s Annual Conference, he or she will have their conference fee refunded.)

Gordon Conable was a California librarian and intellectual freedom champion who served several terms as president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Following his unexpected death in 2005, his wife and FTRF created the Conable Fund, which provides funding for the Conable Scholarship. (The Conable Fund is still accepting donations – visit the Conable Fund homepage for details.)

For more information and to apply online, please visit the Conable Scholarship webpage. If you have questions, please contact Jonathan Kelley at (800) 545-2433 x4221 or

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