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Banned Books Week in review: a Google Hangout - 10/22

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Friday, October 17, 2014
Updated: Thursday, October 16, 2014

On Wednesday, October 22, please join the Freedom to Read Foundation and other sponsors of Banned Books Week for a look back at some of the fun, provocative, and engaging events that celebrated our freedom to read.

The "hangout," an online event, will be at noon Eastern time and can be accessed on the Banned Books Week YouTube page. No registration is necessary, but you can RSVP on Google+ and Facebook.

Speakers include:

  • Susan Brown, Director, Chapel Hill Public Library & creator of "Banned Books Trading Card" project
  • Catherine Aselford, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association & coordinator of "Banned Books Week Survivor"
  • Julie Zaveloff, Technical Services librarian, and Dana Knott, Library Coordinator (Delaware Campus), Columbus State Community College and co-creator of "Which Banned Book Are You?" online quiz
  • Nanette Perez, Program Officer, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
  • Moderator: Jonathan Kelley, Program Officer, Freedom to Read Foundation

The speakers include recipients of Banned Books Week grants from FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

Bring your questions and ideas for how you can make Banned Books Week 2015 a great event in your community!

The Hangout will be recorded and available on the Banned Books Week YouTube page.



Tags:  Banned Books Week  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  online learning 

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FTRF provides course scholarships to two LIS students

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, August 7, 2014
Berenice Prado MendozaThe Freedom to Read Foundation is pleased to announce the two recipients of scholarships to attend "Intellectual Freedom and Censorship," an online course offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Graduate School of Library and Information Science (Illinois GSLIS) in collaboration with the Freedom to Read Foundation.  Berenice Prado Mendoza (left) is a student at Emporia State University and Jamie D. Carlstone (below) is at Dominican University.

The scholarships are provided via FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.  

Jamie D. CarlstoneAs part of its sponsorship of the course, FTRF will provide all enrolled students with a copy of the book True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries, edited by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco. FTRF is also participating via guest lectures by staff, trustees, and volunteers and providing material from its archives of Judith Krug's lectures and interviews.  The course will be taught by Illinois GSLIS Professor Emily Knox.

The course is available to any LIS student and we are excited the course will include participants from multiple institutions. Registration in the course has been extended to Friday, August 15 for anyone interested.  For more information, visit www.ftrf.org/?Krug_Education.

Congratulations to the two recipients, and many thanks to everyone involved in the course and scholarship process!

Tags:  Berenice Prado Mendoza  Intellectual Freedom and Censorship  Jamie D. Carlstone  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  online learning  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

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FTRF offering 2 scholarships for "Intellectual Freedom & Censorship" grad course

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, July 31, 2014
FTRF is pleased to announce it will fund two scholarships for the 2014 "Intellectual Freedom and Censorship" course. The course, a collaboration between FTRF's Judith Krug Memorial Fund and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is available to students currently enrolled in LIS programs other than the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This is a ​synchronous​ course and students must be able to participate in online lectures every Tuesday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Central US Time between August 26-October 10. Students also must be able to meet these technical requirements.

Applicants are asked to fill out the form at www.ftrf.org/?Krug_Education, including an essay of up to 200 words describing interest in the course. 

Please note that Monday (yes, this coming Monday, August 4) is the deadline to submit an application. Recipients will be announced on Thursday, August 7.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in this fantastic opportunity, please spread the word!  If you have any questions, contact Jonathan Kelley at jokelley@ala.org or (312) 280-4226.

Tags:  Emily Knox  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  LIS  online learning  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

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Announcing free April 3 FTRF member webinar - featuring Theresa Chmara

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, February 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FTRF members are invited to participate in a special webinar with Theresa Chmara, FTRF's General Council.  The one-hour webinar, entitled, "Filtering, Leafleting, and Book Banning", will feature updates and Q&A sessions on recent litigation involving libraries and the First Amendment.  

There is no cost to attend.

To register, visit http://www.ftrf.org/event/Chmara_Webinar. 

If you are not a current member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, please join or renew your membership by April 2 to participate in this great event!

Questions? Contact Jonathan Kelley at jokelley@ala.org or (312) 280-4226.


Tags:  censorship  filter  membership  online learning  Theresa Chmara  webinar 

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