Gordon was the recipient of the 1996 Roll of Honor Award.
It's hard to overstate the importance of Gordon's tenure with the Freedom to Read Foundation as a member, a trustee, and an advocate. Following his death in 2005, FTRF created a fund in his name; donations to the fund are used to bring library school students and new professionals to attend ALA's Annual Conference. Visit http://www.ftrf.org/?page=Conable_Fund for more information.
While in Monroe County, Michigan, Gordon found himself in the center of a controversy when community members wanted Madonna's book "Sex" removed from the shelves. Gordon successfully defended the community's ability to access the book from the library.
THANK YOU, Gordon Conable, for championing the cause of intellectual freedom, a hallmark of your distinguished career in librarianship.
Thank you for your generous financial contributions and many years of dedicated service to the Freedom to Read Foundation, including serving as Treasurer, Vice-President, and three terms as President.
Thank you for consistently raising the visibility of the Foundation and proclaiming its message not only within the library profession, but throughout the country.
Thank you for your steadfast devotion to the freedom to read for all persons, regardless of age, economic condition, or philosophical beliefs.
Thank you for your unfailing support and assistance to colleagues facing challenges to the freedom to read in their communities.
Thank you, Gordon Conable, for your exemplary service to the cause of intellectual freedom.
June Pinnell-Stephens, President Judith F. Krug, Executive Director