Intellectual Freedom Award
The following criteria have been established for choosing a recipient for the NYLA Intellectual Freedom Award:
- Each nominee may be an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization.
- The nominee should be engaged in an activity affecting information access in the State of New York.
- Each nominee’s efforts will have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom in the state.
- Each nomination will be appropriately documented in news releases, supporting letters, etc.
- It is not mandatory that the award be given annually.
- A member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee may not be considered for the award.
The Intellectual Freedom Committee will establish a NYLA Intellectual Freedom Award Sub-Committee that will include a member of the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable. That sub-committee will solicit recommendations through a variety of regular library publications well ahead of the deadline date. Nomination forms will be made available through NYLA headquarters.
The deadline for submitting nominations will be July 15. The NYLA Intellectual Freedom Award sub-committee will review the nominations and submit a recommendation to the NYLA Council.
It is preferable that the recipient learn of the award in advance of the presentation. This award, sponsored by IFC and IFRT, will be given at a specially designated function at the annual NYLA conference, with a speaker, the NYLA President, and members of the sponsoring groups in attendance.
The winner of the Intellectual Freedom Award will receive a plaque which will be presented at the NYLA Annual Conference.
2019 - Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
2018 - Ned Davis
2016 - Alison Macrina, Library Freedom Project
2012 - Norman Siegel
2011 - American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE)
2010 - National Coalition Against Censorship
2009 - Lewis Lapham, Lapham's Quarterly
2008 - Colette Titkin, Liberty Elementary School
2007 - Herbert Kurz, Presidential Life Insurance Company
2006 - Finkelstein Memorial Library
2005 - Todd Friedman
2004 - Madelyn Folino
2003 - Rockland Coalition for Democracy and Freedom
2002 - Lisa Distelburger
2002 - Jeanne Heifetz
2001 - Andrew Dancer
2000 - Dr. Jeffrey Bowen
1999 - Fran Aveta
1998 - Clifford Dietrich
1997 - John B. Haney
1996 - The Lancaster Five
1995 - William K. Sanford Town Library
1994 - Sam Simon
1993 - Anna Quindlen
1992 - Library Media Specialists of the Webster Central School District
1991 - Carol Reid
1990 - Dr. Sean A. Fanelli
1989 - Long Island Coalition Against Censorship
1988 - Marie Bruni
1987 - Merrick Public Library
1986 - David Cohen
1985 - Gerald R. Shields
1984 - Robert Trudell
Want to nominate someone for this award? Click here for the nomination form! Nominations are due by June 15th.