Applications are now open for the 2017 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), and four half scholarships for students to attend “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship,” a 2-credit graduate course in Intellectual Freedom offered through the University of Illinois iSchool, sponsored by the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.
The Conable Conference Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the American Library Association's Annual Conference. The 2017 ALA Annual Conference will be held June 22-27 in Chicago. The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship. The scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, and housing for six nights, along with a $300 stipend for meals and other expenses. In return, the recipient is expected to attend FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and events at the conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and provide a report about their experiences. The recipient also will receive a one-year FTRF membership and will be invited to provide updates about his or her experience on the Freedom to Read Foundation blog.
FTRF is pleased to also offer four half scholarships ($700 each) and textbooks for “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship,” an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for library and information science (LIS) students around the country. The course will be taught by iSchool professor Emily Knox, who was awarded the 2015 Instructor of the Year award by the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) consortium.
The deadline to apply for the Conable Conference Scholarship or the “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” course scholarship is April 21, 2017. Learn more and apply at http://www.ftrf.org/?page=Grants. If you have questions, contact the Freedom to Read Foundation at FTRF@ala.org or 312-280-4226.