NYLA Intellectual Freedom Award
Intellectual Freedom means providing free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause, or movement may be explored. Every individual has the right to seek out and receive information from all points of view without restrictions. Privacy is a critical and necessary component of Intellectual Freedom. This award recognizes an individual or group for their contribution to and support of intellectual freedom.
The recipient for the NYLA Intellectual Freedom Award shall be selected based on one or more of the following:
• Shall be an individual, or representative of a group of individuals, or an organization (preferably a NYS resident or organization) who supports Intellectual Freedom and Individual Privacy Rights.
• Should be engaged in activities affecting information access in the State of New York and/or nationally.
• Works towards furthering the cause of intellectual freedom in the state and/or nationally.
• Should strive to promote/protect patron privacy with the purpose of supporting Intellectual Freedom endeavors.
• Developed an innovative information program on intellectual freedom and privacy principles. (CE)
• Upheld intellectual freedom and privacy principles in the face of a challenge.
• Contributed to the literature of the field (print or non-print).
• active in establishing and or continuing a coalition relating to intellectual freedom and privacy principles at a local, state, or national level.
• Active in participating on committees, roundtables and other actions working toward the spirit of intellectual freedom and privacy principles.
Other The NYLA Intellectual Freedom Committee will establish an Award Sub-Committee to include a member of the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable. In advance of the deadline date, the task of the sub-committee will be to solicit recommendations through a variety of regular library publications.
Current Intellectual Freedom Committee members may not be considered while serving.
Application Deadline: July 15th and is not mandatory to be awarded annually.
Nominations will be appropriately documented in news releases, supporting letters, etc.
Sponsored by Intellectual Freedom Committee and Intellectual Freedom Round Table, the award will be presented at a designated function during the annual NYLA conference held each November.
The NYLA Intellectual Freedom Award sub-committee will review the nominations and submit a recommendation to the NYLA Council.
In advance, the recipient must be informed of the award presentation to accommodate acceptance of the award.
The presentation attendance will include:
• the recipient as guest speaker
• NYLA President
• members of the sponsoring groups
The recipient will receive an engraved plaque with a check in the amount of $500 in gratitude for professional service, and to be presented at the NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show.
Recipient will be acknowledged on NYLA's website, at the Annual Conference, and in the NYLA Voice.