The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Kate Davis as the recipient of the 2017 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will provide for Davis’s expenses to attend the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.
As part of the scholarship, the recipient will attend FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at the conference, consult with mentors, and present a report about her experiences and thoughts following the conference. She will be recognized at the FTRF Annual Member Reception from 5:00pm—6:30pm on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in McCormick Place, Room MCP W471b.
“The committee was impressed with Kate’s commitment to intellectual freedom, teaching, and international librarianship,” said Conable Scholarship chair Julia Warga. “Her graduate studies and internship work demonstrate that she is someone who is very interested in intellectual freedom, advocacy, and education which are key areas of the Foundation’s work. We are excited to meet Kate, and to introduce her to our members.”
Davis very recently received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver. She received a Master of Education from the University of Florida, and completed her B.A. in English and History at Rutgers University. She is a former school teacher who has taught in Denver, Colorado and the United Arab Emirates. She will soon begin working as a solo librarian at a school in Nigeria.
The Conable Scholarship was created to advance two principles that Gordon Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship. Gordon Conable was a librarian and intellectual freedom champion in Michigan and California who served several terms as president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. His unexpected death in 2005 inspired his wife, Irene Conable, and the FTRF Board to create the Conable Fund, which provides funding for the Conable Scholarship.
To donate to the Conable Fund, please visit FTRF.org or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 4226.
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association (http://www.ala.org/) . FTRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information.