By: guest contributor Andrea Puglisi, Intellectual Freedom Round Table member
Do you know a great candidate or organization that has championed intellectual freedom causes in our profession and/or communities? Recognize their contributions by nominating them for Intellectual Freedom Round Table’s prestigious awards.
John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award
The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, presented annually, 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.
The award is sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA). The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2020.
Visit the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award page for more information and to submit nominations.
Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Award
The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award, presented annually, recognizes an intellectual freedom focused 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 consists of $1,000 and a citation.
The award is sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA). The deadline for nominations is January 1, 2021.
Visit the Gerald Hodges Award page for more information and to submit nominations.
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Andrea Puglisi is a Technology librarian located in New York. She began her career working in public libraries in Massachusetts and is currently working as a Head Librarian/Information Specialist in Catskill, New York. Her work focuses on reference instruction, marketing, digital services and emerging technologies. A Privacy Advocate through the Library Freedom Project, Andrea is passionate about connecting libraries and communities with the tools, resources and information needed to promote privacy, freedom and access free from surveillance and oppressive technology systems in the modern age.
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.