Judith F. Krug Fund Intellectual Freedom Education Project
In addition to Banned Books Week event grants, the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund also funds online education efforts focused on intellectual freedom for library and information studies (LIS) students and library professionals.
|Judith was a fierce proponent of education, and among her many other accomplishments she taught classes and lectured frequently at LIS programs on intellectual freedom. FTRF's intellectual freedom education project will incorporate Judith's writings and lectures to help create a comprehensive curriculum with content that can be used in a variety of educational venues.
Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund IF Course Scholarship
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (iSchool) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer a 2-credit, online graduate-level course, Intellectual Freedom and Censorship for library and information science (LIS) students around the country. The course, in its fourth year, will be taught by iSchool professor Emily Knox, who was awarded a 2015 Instructor of the Year award by the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) consortium for the course. It is a project of the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.
The class will meet online, synchronously, Tuesdays from late August – early October 2017. It is open to any student enrolled in an LIS degree program. As part of the collaboration, Freedom to Read Foundation staff and volunteers will lend their expertise as guest speakers, and FTRF and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom archival materials will be made available to students. FTRF also funds one of the textbooks for all students enrolled in the course
“Our culture is at a tipping point, a shift in its tolerance for the First Amendment. It is imperative that today’s library students have a deep and thoughtful exposure to the value of free speech,” said James LaRue, Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation.
To encourage students outside the University of Illinois to participate, FTRF is offering four half-scholarships ($700 each). The deadline for submitting an application for the 2017 IF Course Scholarship is Friday, April 21, 2017; the award will be announced in early May.
Requirements: Students must be enrolled in a graduate level LIS program for the 2017 school year, attend the synchronous course time, and have the technological capability to attend the course. For information about technology used for online education at U of I please see: http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/itd/welcome. To apply you must fill out the online application and include a 200-word essay explaining your interest in taking the intellectual freedom course.
Students enrolled in programs affiliated with the WISE consortium will be provided course credit automatically upon completion of the course. Others will need to coordinate course credit with their home institution.
For more information and questions regarding applications for the scholarship please contact staff at the Freedom to Read Foundation, FTRF@ALA.org or 312-280-4226.
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois (http://www.lis.illinois.edu) is the premier LIS program in the nation, consistently ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report. The iSchool offers advanced degrees with areas of specialization including data curation, digital libraries, social and community informatics, socio-technical data analytics, and youth services as well as continuing professional development opportunities. Courses are available both on campus and online.
Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund IF Course Scholarship
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"IF and Minors"
FTRF/OIF Joint Educational Webinar
We all have First Amendment rights, but does that include children?
Guest speakers: popular YA author Chris Crutcher and FTRF General Counsel Theresa Chmara.
Most of the challenges to the materials and services in libraries are launched by parents, and usually to protect children (some as old as 17). What freedom do they have to read, view, and check out the materials they want? Our speakers will explore how those rights can be protected and respected, and take a closer look at the rights of parents, teachers, and library staff who are concerned about age-appropriate materials.
If you missed this webinar - you can still catch the video. FREE to FTRF Members!
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LIS graduate-level course with University of Illinois
FTRF continues its collaboration with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a course on "Intellectual Freedom and Censorship" taught by Professor Emily Knox.
Those at Illinois and other institutions in the WISE consortium (www.wiseeducation.org) are able to register via the WISE system. For those at non-WISE institutions, please contact Karla Lucht at U of I, (217) 244-3810 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an LIS educator interested in assisting with FTRF's ongoing intellectual freedom education efforts, please contact us at email@example.com.