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Applications for the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship are now open!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) offers an annual scholarship for library school students and new professionals to attend ALA's Annual Conference. The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Gordon held dear: intellectual freedom and mentoring.

More info HERE.

Tags:  ALA Annual Conference  Conable Scholarship 

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Come to the FTRF annual member reception next month in SF!

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gretchen LeCheminantNext month immediately following the FTRF Board of Trustees meeting in San Francisco, please join the trustees, your fellow members, and the winners of the 2015 Conable Conference Scholarships at the annual FTRF Membership Reception.

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015

Amy Steinbauer

Location: Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., San Francisco
Outside room 131 N

Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

This year's Conable scholars are Amy Steinbauer and Gretchen LeCheminant. Amy (@merbrarian) is a librarian in California while Gretchen (@gretchenalice) is a student at the University of Texas School of Information.

In addition to shmoozing, we'll have appetizers and you'll get a chance to learn more about FTRF's activities.

You can RSVP for the reception on Facebook or just show up! Bring your friends who aren't yet members, and we'll be happy to do the recruiting for you.

Tags:  ALA Annual Conference  Conable Scholarship  member reception  San Francisco  special events 

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Deadline for Conable Conference Scholarship applications extended to April 8

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Friday, April 3, 2015

The deadline to apply for the 2015 Conable Conference Scholarship has been extended until Midnight CST on Wednesday, April 8. To apply, visit

The Conable Scholarship provides for ALA Annual Conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights, and a $300 stipend for meals and other expenses. The recipient also will receive a one-year membership in the Freedom to Read Foundation.  In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and present a report about their experiences and thoughts.

The 2015 ALA Annual Conference will be held June 25-30 in San Francisco, CA.

Students currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies degree program or an AASL-recognized master’s programs in school librarianship and new professionals (those who are three or fewer years removed from receiving an LIS degree) are eligible to receive the Conable Scholarship.

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Congrats to Mack Freeman, 2014 Conable Scholar!

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Tuesday, April 29, 2014
A hearty congratulations to John "Mack" Freeman on his selection as the 7th recipient of FTRF's Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. We invite all FTRF members (and prospective members!) to meet John at the FTRF Member Reception on Thursday, June 26, following the FTRF Board of Trustees Meeting.

Mack is a librarian at Tifton-Tift County Public Library in Tifton, Georgia. He is active in the GLBTRT and GGRT. This will be his first ALA Conference.

You can follow Mack on Twitter at @johnmackfreeman (and, of course, follow FTRF at @ftrf).

Tags:  ALA Annual Conference  Conable Scholarship  GLBTRT  John Mack Freeman 

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Conable Conference Scholarship applications open

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, February 13, 2014

Attention all LIS students and recent grads (within the last 3 years): FTRF again this year is offering free attendance at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference, via our Gordon M. Conable Fund.  We're looking for someone with a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to intellectual freedom issues. Is that you? Find out more here!

Applications are open through April 11.

Please note that the Conable Conference Scholarship is made possible thanks to donations from FTRF members and other supporters. If you would like to help make a library school student or new librarian's conference dream come true, please consider tossing a couple of bucks into the Conable Fund!

Tags:  ALA Annual Conference  Conable Scholarship  Las Vegas 

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