The Gordon M. Conable Memorial Fund
The Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is an annual award that allows a library school student or new
professional to attend ALA's Annual Conference. The scholarship is
supported entirely by the Conable Fund. Please consider a donation to the Conable Fund and lend your support to the next generation of First Amendment advocates in libraries.
About Gordon Conable
Gordon M. Conable, then-President of the Freedom to Read Foundation, died
unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 12, 2005, as he was preparing to
attend the FTRF Board Meeting at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.
Gordon was an unsurpassed champion of intellectual freedom, a wise and
generous mentor to many, a consummate librarian, and a true leader of
our profession. He gave many years of dedicated service to the
Foundation, serving as Treasurer, Vice-President, and seven years as
President. He was added to the FTRF Roll of Honor in 1996.
Gordon was executive vice president for public libraries at Library
Systems and Services (LSSI) in Riverside, CA. He was responsible for
management and performance of LSSI's public library contracts, including
the 30-branch Riverside County, CA system. He was previously director
of the Monroe County, MI, Library System, where he stood strong for the
principles of intellectual freedom, never so much as in 1992, when he
weathered an intense controversy over Madonna's book Sex.
Before that he was associate director of the Fort Vancouver Regional
Library in Washington. Above all things, Gordon cherished and adored his
wife, Irene, and their son, Ted.
In Gordon's memory, his family and FTRF set up the Conable Fund, which provides support for the Conable Conference Scholarship. In addition, the Public Library Association created the Gordon M. Conable Award, sponsored by LSSI, which recognizes public libraries and librarians who have demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights.