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Freedom to Read Foundation Awards Scholarships for Intellectual Freedom Course

Thursday, June 16, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has awarded four library and information science students with a scholarship covering half the tuition for “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” offered Fall 2016 through the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) and FTRF.  The scholarship is offered through the FTRF Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

The recipients are:

Casandra Laskowski, a Law Library Fellow at the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library who is working to become a law librarian. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona and got her J.D. from the University of Maryland.

Linda Dang, a first-year MLIS student at San Jose State University School of Information, has been excited to discover the importance of advocacy and community engagement in the field. She currently holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Svetlana Ushakova, a graduate student of the School of Information at San Jose State University with concentration in academic and special librarianship, also has her PhD in Russian history from Novosibirsk State University, Russia. For the last two years, she has been working as an independent contractor for University of Southern California Shoah Foundation indexing Holocaust/World War II era video testimonies.

Rebecca Lamb, a graduate student of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University is currently the public relations coordinator for a public library system in Virginia. She has participated in Banned Books Weeks and received state recognition for one of her exhibits. Through her work in libraries she is already aware of the challenges that can come up on a local and state level and looks forward to using her intellectual freedom knowledge in community conversations as a youth services provider or library manager.

The 2-credit online course is offered August-October 2016 and is open to any student enrolled in an LIS degree program. GSLIS professor Emily Knox is the instructor.

For more information about the course and the registration process please visit