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Seven elected to Freedom to Read Foundation Board

Tuesday, May 3, 2016  
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Seven people were elected to terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held in April.

Re-elected to their second of two-year terms were Em Claire Knowles (Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, Simmons College), Kathy Ishizuka (Executive Editor of School Library Journal), and Martin Garnar (Dean, Kraemer Family Library, University of Colorado Springs). Elected to their first two-year terms were Herbert Krug (President, Crossroads Marketing Solutions), and Candace Morgan (Adjunct Instructor, Emporia State University). Finally, former Trustee Jim Neal (University Librarian emeritus, Columbia University) and Loriene Roy (Professor, University of Texas, School of Information) will step down from their positions. Filling the final year in these vacated terms will be Mario M. Gonzalez (Executive Director of the Passaic Public Library in New Jersey, and past-Treasurer of ALA), and Emily Knox (Assistant Professor, University of Illinois-Urbana).

The seven will join J. Douglas Archer, Charles Brownstein, Neil Richards, and Julia Warga to form the FTRF Board for 2015-2016, which will be seated at the end of the FTRF Annual Board meeting on June 23 in Orlando, FL.

There will be four additional members of the board, who serve as a function of their positions at the American Library Association: Julie Todaro, incoming ALA president, Jim Neal, incoming ALA president-elect; Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director; and Pamela Klipsch, ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee chair. James LaRue serves as FTRF executive director and board secretary.

“Once again, the Freedom to Read Foundation board brings deep financial, professional, and marketing expertise to our work,” said LaRue. “We are grateful to have their counsel as we litigate, advocate, educate, and fundraise to defend the fundamental rights of free expression, privacy, and access to information.”

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