Jason McGill awarded first Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

Freedom to Read Foundation

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is proud to announce that Jason McGill, a student at the University of Rhode Island’s Library and Information Studies program, has been named the first recipient of the Gordon M. Conable Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship was created to advance two principles that Gordon Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship. The scholarship provides for the registration, transportation, and accommodations for a library school student or new professional to attend ALA’s Annual Conference. The 2008 conference will be in Anaheim, California.

McGill holds a B.A. from Brown University, and also is enrolled in URI’s Masters English program. His work experience includes positions with a number of non-profit organizations, including the Prisoners’ Literature Project; In-Sight, a close-circuit radio station for the blind and visually impaired; and the Everett Dance Theatre in Providence.

“Jason’s multifaceted background, his obvious interest in intellectual freedom, and his commitment to involvement with the Rhode Island Library Association to support anti-censorship efforts make him an excellent choice to receive the first Conable Scholarship,” said Candace Morgan, chair of the selection committee. “Gordon was a mentor to so many, including me. It’s an honor to be able to celebrate his legacy in this way.”

Gordon Conable was a California librarian and intellectual freedom champion who served several terms as president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. His unexpected death in 2005 inspired his wife, Irene Conable, and the FTRF Board to create the Conable Fund, which provides funding for the Conable Scholarship. In return for the scholarship, McGill will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at the conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and present a report about his experiences and thoughts. He will be recognized at the FTRF Annual Member Reception on Sunday, June 29, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in room 201C of the Anaheim Convention Center.

To donate to the Conable Fund, please click here or call (800) 545-2433 x4226.

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