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Judith Krug Fund Education Project

Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund IF Course Scholarship

Applications are closed for this cycle. Check again the for Spring 2021 Course.


About Our Partnerships

We currently partner with two universities and collaborate on three courses. Each course combines FTRF’s resources and speakers with the expertise that the professors bring to their field. The Freedom to Read Foundation is excited to help future librarians understand issues of intellectual freedom, privacy, and censorship, and learn ways to navigate instances of these issues as LIS professionals. 


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign iSchool 

iSchool at Illinois Professor Emily Knox offers a Fall 2-credit synchronous online course, Intellectual Freedom and Censorship. Her course approaches intellectual freedom as an ethical issue based in interpretations of the First Amendment of the United States and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Knox was awarded a 2015 Instructor of the Year award by the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) consortium for the course.  It meets from August through October. Students interested in the course can contact Karla Lucht, or visit


San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool)

This Spring (January through May) Professor Beth Wrenn-Estes will lead a 3-credit, asynchronous course focusing on YA Librarianship and Intellectual Freedom. Before Wrenn-Estes started teaching for SJSU full-time she was a youth services librarian. She is passionate about libraries and especially serving youth. Wrenn-Estes received the iSchool Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012 and The Most Distinguished (Faculty) Service award in 2014.

Next Fall Professor Carrie Gardner will lead a 3-credit, asynchronous Intellectual Freedom Seminar through the SJSU iSchool between August and December. Gardner has taught an IF course since 2002 and her course explores topics ranging from the legal foundation of the First Amendment to IF history, policies, ethics, and privacy, and the ways these topics intersect in our libraries.

Students interested in these courses can contact SJSU iSchool online at or by calling (408) 924-2490 for more information. 

Additional efforts

If you are an LIS educator interested in assisting with FTRF's ongoing intellectual freedom education efforts, please contact us at

Intellectual Freedom Education

The Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund funds online education efforts focused on intellectual freedom for library and information studies (LIS) students and library professionals. 

Judith was a fierce proponent of education, and among her many other accomplishments she taught classes and lectured frequently at LIS programs on intellectual freedom.

FTRF webinars on trending intellectual freedom issues

FTRF hosts frequent webinars for LIS students, library professionals and the literary community, in partnership with the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. These webinars touch on a range of trending intellectual freedom issues, including First Amendment rights for minors, censorship challenges and Net Neutrality Future webinars are promoted in the FTRF member newsletter. 

Archived webinars and information on upcoming webinars can be found HERE.