The Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund
Banned Books Week event grants • Intellectual Freedom online education
Judith Fingeret Krug, 1940-2009
The Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund is dedicated to continuing and
promoting the remarkable legacy of Judith Krug, founding executive
director of the Freedom to Read Foundation and founding director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.
For over 40 years, Judith made it her life's work to protect the First
Amendment to the US Constitution and the principles of intellectual
freedom, in libraries and beyond. Your donation to the Krug Fund will assist in developing programming and educational outreach about First Amendment issues in libraries.
The Krug Fund supports two FTRF initiatives:
Banned Books Week Event Grants
Starting in 2010, FTRF initiated the Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants project to disburse grants to
organizations to assist them in staging "Read-Outs" or
other events during Banned Books Week.
(A Banned Books Week Read-Out is an event at which people gather to
read from books that have been banned or challenged over the years, in
order to celebrate the freedom to read.) Judith was a co-founder of Banned Books Week.
Intellectual Freedom Online Education
FTRF is working with Library and Information Science (LIS) professors to develop online intellectual freedom education for LIS students and library professionals focused on intellectual freedom issues. Judith was a fierce proponent of education, and among her many other accomplishments taught classes and lectured frequently at LIS programs on intellectual freedom. The first element of this project is collaboration with the University of Illinois' Graduate School of Library and Information Science on "Intellectual Freedom and Censorship," a two-credit online course open to LIS students anywhere.
About Judith Krug
Judith was the executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation from its founding in 1969 until her death in 2009. She was also the director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom from its inception in 1967. Judith is remembered for her fierce advocacy for the First Amendment, for the principles of freedom of access to information in the US and around the globe, and for the importance of education and its centrality to a strong democracy.
Read about Judith's life and legacy.
Judith was added to the Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor in 1995.