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FTRF awards four scholarships for University of Illinois intellectual freedom course

Tuesday, June 2, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jonathan Kelley
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The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has named four LIS students as recipients of scholarships to take "Intellectual Freedom & Censorship," an online course offered this coming fall by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The scholarships, funded by FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, provide for approximately half of the tuition fee for the course.

The recipients are:

Jessica Caron, Simmons College

Kerry Dubyk, Rutgers University

Patrick J. Lienemann, University of Iowa

Brenda Sprinkle, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

"The committee found it very difficult to decide on four recipients," said Krug Fund Education Committee chair Helen Adams. "We were, however, encouraged to see graduate students interested in learning more about intellectual freedom and hope the recipients will find the course information useful in protecting library users' First Amendment rights in libraries."

“Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” was first offered in 2014 as a collaboration between the University of Illinois' Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) and the Freedom to Read Foundation. GSLIS professor Emily Knox is the instructor for the 2-credit course, which will be held August–October 2015. It is open to any student enrolled in an LIS degree program. As part of the collaboration, Freedom to Read Foundation staff and volunteers lend their expertise as guest speakers, and FTRF and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom archival materials are made available to students.

Registration is now open for students attending WISE consortium schools and begins June 17 for students at other schools. For more information on the course, visit