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Judith Krug Fund Education Project




FTRF Education logoJudith 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.










Freedom to Read Foundation Awards Scholarships for Intellectual Freedom Course

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has awarded four library and information science students with a scholarship covering half the tuition for “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” offered Fall 2016 through the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) and FTRF.  The scholarship is offered through the FTRF Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

The recipients are:

Casandra Laskowski, a Law Library Fellow at the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library who is working to become a law librarian. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona and got her J.D. from the University of Maryland.

Linda Dang, a first-year MLIS student at San Jose State University School of Information, has been excited to discover the importance of advocacy and community engagement in the field. She currently holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Svetlana Ushakova, a graduate student of the School of Information at San Jose State University with concentration in academic and special librarianship, also has her PhD in Russian history from Novosibirsk State University, Russia. For the last two years, she has been working as an independent contractor for University of Southern California Shoah Foundation indexing Holocaust/World War II era video testimonies.

Rebecca Lamb, a graduate student of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University is currently the public relations coordinator for a public library system in Virginia. She has participated in Banned Books Weeks and received state recognition for one of her exhibits. Through her work in libraries she is already aware of the challenges that can come up on a local and state level and looks forward to using her intellectual freedom knowledge in community conversations as a youth services provider or library manager.

The 2-credit online course is offered August-October 2016 and is open to any student enrolled in an LIS degree program. GSLIS professor Emily Knox is the instructor.


"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!

Just email us at for a link to the video!



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 ( 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


Additional efforts

If you are an LIS educator interested in assisting with FTRF's ongoing intellectual freedom education efforts, please contact us at



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