David was the 2005 recipient of the Roll of Honor Award.
Cohen's library career spanned eight decades. In addition to his career as professor at Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, he was co-founder and coordinator of ALA's Ethnic Materials Information Exchange Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table, the precursor to the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT); trustee of the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund; co-founder of the Long Island Coalition Against Censorship; director of the Friends of Queens College library; and charter member of the Freedom to Read Foundation. David was awarded with ALA Honorary Membership in 2007.
David turned 103 in May 2012.
THANK YOU, David Cohen, for decades of work to ensure that the world of knowledge is available to all. Your unflagging enthusiasm is contagious, and your understanding of the essential role of libraries is unsurpassed.
Thank you, David, for your belief in and support of the Freedom to Read Foundation from its inception in 1969. As a founding member, your support allowed the Foundation to thrive in its earliest stages, and your continuing membership has been an integral component of the Foundation’s ongoing successes.
Thank you, David, for your involvement—locally and nationally—in a wealth of activities that support the First Amendment: from co-founding the Long Island Coalition Against Censorship to your many speaking engagements and writings; from your involvement with the Intellectual Freedom Round Table to your memorable term as Trustee (and greatest champion) of the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund.
Thank you, David, for your landmark work for multiculturalism in librarianship. You recognized long ago that libraries must be accessible to all members of our communities, and that all the information therein must also be accessible, in order for libraries to fulfill their missions.
Thank you, David Cohen, for inspiring generations of librarians and students at Queens College and elsewhere. Your twin passions for justice and knowledge are as evident today as ever. Because of your untiring efforts, the Freedom to Read Foundation, American Library Association, and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are stronger.
John W. Berry, President Judith F. Krug, Executive Director Chicago, Illinois June 2005