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Robert P. Doyle2009 recipient - Executive Director, Illinois Library Assn
Frank Zappa1994 recipient (deceased) - musician, composer, artist, iconoclast, free expression hero

Robert P. Doyle
Last updated: 1/24/2014
Robert P. Doyle
Roll of Honor
Illinois Library Association
Executive Director
Chicago
Illinois
United States
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  Bob received the 2009 Roll of Honor Award.

In addition to his position at ILA, Doyle serves as editor of the Banned Books Resource Guide, a compendium of thousands of books that have been subject to censorship challenges. Prior to joining ILA, Doyle served as director of ALA’s International Relations Office and before that, as deputy director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, under Judith Krug’s leadership.
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  THANK YOU, Robert P. Doyle, for your stellar support of the Freedom to Read Foundation. You have been a pillar of this organization—as staff, trustee, advisor, organizer, donor, and advocate—for three decades.

Thank you, Bob, for making the principles underlying the First Amendment so central to your career and your work on the local, state, national, and international level.

Thank you for providing personal assistance to hundreds of individual librarians, trustees, and their libraries in their defense of challenged materials.

Thank you for your stalwart leadership in Illinois resulting in significant First Amendment victories. In addition to promoting increased awareness of intellectual freedom issues through the Illinois Library Association’s programs and publications, you organized coalitions, devised strategy, wrote and presented testimony, and successfully urged the Illinois library community to defeat seventeen attempts at mandatory statewide Internet filtering legislation, three attempts to change the state’s obscenity laws, and several challenges to user privacy laws.

Thank you for your work on the national level as a speaker, writer, and advocate to explain the connections between the First Amendment and libraries. Your dedicated work for the last twenty-seven years has helped to create and expand Banned Books Week. We value your innovative work on Internet safety issues that led to the partnership with MySpace that benefited libraries nationwide.

Thank you for encouraging and supporting the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions to create the Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression and then serving as its resource person.

Thank you, Robert P. Doyle, for being a tireless and successful ambassador for the Freedom to Read Foundation. Thank you for your humor. We are delighted to recognize your contributions and add your name to the FTRF Roll of Honor.

Judith Platt, President
Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Acting Executive Director

Chicago, Illinois
July 2009
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