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FTRF Awards Scholarships For Intellectual Freedom Course

Monday, June 5, 2017  
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The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) awarded scholarships to four library and information science students that covers half the tuition for the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science’s “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” course in fall 2017. The scholarship is offered through the FTRF Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

The recipients are:

 Hope Genty Hope Genty, a Coloradoan currently living in Boston as she works on her MLIS from Simmons College. Genty’s goal is to work as a youth services librarian in public libraries. She has wanted to be a librarian since elementary school. Outside of the library, Genty enjoys historical sites, reading banned books and watching TV and Netflix shows.
 Dylan Martin  

Dylan Martin is a MLIS student at the University of Missouri. He believes that free and equitable access to information is paramount to a robust and dynamic society. His research interests include censorship, archiving social media, and emerging technologies' effects on civil discourse.

 Kate Thompson Kate Thompson is a graduate student in the University of Alabama's Master of Library and Information Studies program, where her area of emphasis is Youth Services. She is the recipient of the 2016 Iowa Association of College and Research Libraries Conference Scholarship and the Iowa Library Association's Susan Lerdal Memorial Scholarship. Kate’s research interests include accessibility to library services and programming for Autism Spectrum Disorders and public library publicity and branding. She hopes to one day work in public library management.
 Tess Wilson Tess Wilson is pursuing her MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh, where she focuses on Youth Services. Wilson is also on the Civic Information Services team at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where she collaborates with the STEAM Education Committee to incorporate civic data conversations into curriculum. Additionally, she teaches workshops for kids and adults at both TechShop Pittsburgh and The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Wilson is a collector of many things, from small rocks to big dictionaries, and her latest acquisition was an MFA in creative writing from Chatham University.
For more information about the course and the registration process, visit the