Nominations Still Open for IFRT Awards!
Nominations for the Immroth Award recognizing personal courage in the defense of intellectual freedom are due December 1, for the Oboler Award honoring a book are due December 1, and for the Hodges Award celebrating an organization dedicated to intellectual freedom are due January 1.
IFRT Award Recipients of 2022
In a year in which challenges to books in school and public libraries have become organized and a sad feature of political campaigns, awards to those fighting for the right to read become all the more worth celebrating. The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) presents three awards recognizing the commitment and strength of two very deserving leaders in that fight.
Nominations open for 2022 IFRT Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award
Do you know of a state chapter or organization that has bravely defended the freedom to read or access to information; successfully promoted intellectual freedom issues; or demonstrated exemplary coalition-building efforts?
I Love My Librarian! Award
Do you know about the I Love My Librarian! Award? In many cases, awards and scholarships are decided by other librarians or library workers. In this case, I Love My Librarian! allows library users to recognize their favorite librarians.
The First Joint Intellectual Freedom Awards
For the first time, the Intellectual Freedom Awards were presented in a joint awards ceremony. The awards given are: Robert P. Downs Award, the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award, the John Philip Immroth Award, and the Freedom to Read Foundation Honor Roll. Learn more about this past year’s intellectual freedom powerhouses here.
“So That Teachers May Freely Teach and Students May Freely Learn”: Safeguarding the Future of Academic Freedom with Henry Reichman
Government interference in classroom curricula. Financial pressures and conflicts of interests. The death of tenure. Trigger warnings, cancel culture, censorship, and the chilling effect. With all the pressures threatening open inquiry and free expression on campus, you might wonder: “Does academic freedom have a future?” Join the IFRT Reads community to explore this question with Oboler Award-winning author and academic freedom scholar, Henry Reichman, and his 2019 book, The Future of Academic Freedom.
Librarians Hesitate on We Are Water Protectors
Librarians express concern that 2021 Caldecott winner We Are Water Protectors is too political for children.
2021 Deadline Extended for the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award
The deadline for the 2021 Gerald Hodges Award has been extended to February 26, 2021.
Seeking to Award Personal Courage, Dedication, and Contributions to the Defense of Freedom of Expression with $500
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nominations for the 2021 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. The award consists of a citation and $500.
Call for Intellectual Freedom Award Nominations!
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.