‘Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library’ receives the 2014 Eli M. Oboler Award
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) announces that “Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines” by June Pinnell-Stephens is the recipient of the 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award.
The award was presented to Pinnell-Stephens at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas at the IFRT reception held June 28.
The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award Committee was honored to choose this slim but powerful title for its practical relevance as a guide. “Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library Scenarios from the Front Lines” not only details step by step how to combat the censors, but also outlines in clear language how and why intellectual freedom is a singularly important matter facing all 21st century libraries. Citing U.S. court cases for protection of intellectual freedom rights in libraries, Pinnell-Stephens clearly defines and answers questions critically important to librarians, as well as providing sample forms and policy documents that can be utilized.
The award is named for Eli M. Oboler, the extensively published Idaho State University librarian known as a “champion of intellectual freedom who demanded the dismantling of all barriers to freedom of expression.” Learn more about this amazing man and click here.
The award, which consists of $500 and a certificate, is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. It has been offered biennially since 1986.
Source: Shumeca Pickett / www.oif.ala.org