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Nominations open for 2016 trustee elections

Monday, November 23, 2015  
Posted by: Kim Diehnelt
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CHICAGO— Nominations are now open for the April 2016 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustee elections. Five positions on the FTRF board of trustees will be filled in the election to be held April 1 – May 1, 2016. The persons elected in the 2016 election will serve a two-year term on the board, beginning at the close of the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, FL and continuing through the end of the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Trustees are required to attend two one-day meetings per year, which are held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting.


Nominations should be sent by Dec. 15, 2015 to: Freedom to Read Foundation, Attn: Nominating Committee, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. In addition, nominations may be emailed to  The Nominating Committee will select 10–15 candidates to appear on the election ballot.  The members of the FTRF Nominating Committee are: Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., Chair, Loriene Roy, Neil Richards.


FTRF members also may be slated for candidacy by petition by submitting 25 signatures of current FTRF members in support of the candidate. The executive director of the Foundation must receive names of petition candidates and the required signatures to support each no later than Jan. 31, 2016. Only FTRF members for the year 2016 are eligible to seek election to the board. To join FTRF or renew your membership for 2016, visit


The Freedom to Read Foundation, a sister organization of the American Library Association, was founded in 1969 to promote and defend the right of individuals to freely express ideas and to access information in libraries and elsewhere. FTRF fulfills its mission through the disbursement of grants to individuals and groups, primarily for the purpose of aiding them in litigation, and through direct participation in litigation dealing with freedom of speech and of the press.

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