Nominations Still Open for IFRT Awards!

Awards

Nominations are still open for the Intellectual Freedom Round Table’s three annual awards! 

The Immroth Award, named for IFRT founder John Phillip Immroth, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression. Nominations are due December 1.

The Oboler Award, named for prolific intellectual freedom advocate and scholar Eli M. Oboler, honors a literary work in the area of intellectual freedom. The 2023 award will recognize a book published in 2021 or 2022. Book nominations are due December 1.

The Hodges Award, named for ALA staff member Gerald Hodges, recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization. Nominations are due January 1.

Read on for additional eligibility criteria and how to nominate!

Immroth Award

The John Phillip Immroth Award honors the courage, dedication, and contribution of a living individual, group, or organization who exemplify the defense and advancement of the principles of intellectual freedom. The award consists of a citation and $500. 

Read about past Immroth Award winners on the IFRT site, nominate a person or group for the Immroth Award using this online form, or download and send the nomination form to:

American Library Association

Office for Intellectual Freedom

225 Michigan Ave

Suite 1300

Chicago, IL 60601

Immroth Award nominations are due December 1.

Oboler Award

The Oboler Award, which consists of $500 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author(s) of a significant published work in the area of intellectual freedom. Books and articles are awarded in alternate years, with books considered for odd-year awards (2023, etc.). For 2023, eligible books must be published in 2021 or 2022.

Read about past Oboler Award winners on the IFRT site, nominate a book published in 2021-22 for the Oboler Award using this online form, or download and send the nomination form to:

Office for Intellectual Freedom

Att: Oboler Award Committee

225 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1300

Chicago, IL 60601

Oboler Award nominations are due December 1.

Hodges Award

The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award consists of a citation and $1,000 and 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.

Read about past Hodges Award winners on the IFRT site, nominate a group for the Hodges Award using this online form, or download and send the nomination form to:

American Library Association

Office for Intellectual Freedom

225 Michigan Ave

Suite 1300

Chicago, IL 60601

Hodges Award nominations are due January 1.

Composed by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table Publications and Communications Committee.

Sarah Hartman-Caverly is chair of the IFRT Publications and Communications Committee for 2022-23. Sarah is a reference and instruction librarian at Penn State Berks, where she liaises with the Engineering, Business and Computing division. Her scholarship examines the compatibility of human and machine autonomy from the perspective of intellectual freedom. She earned her MS(LIS) and MSIS from Drexel University. Outside of the library, Sarah is an edible gardener, chicken herder, and homemaker.

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