News from the Freedom to Read Foundation 0

ILA is a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation.  Here is an email they sent out today with news about the organization.  One item of interest: our own Eric Suess is a candidate for the FTRF Board!

FREEDOM TO READ FOUNDATION www.ftrf.org  •  (312) 280-4226  • 50 E. Huron St. • Chicago, IL 60611                                             Please enable HTML to view the full email Dear FTRF Members: As I travel the country, many of you have asked me: What does the Freedom to Read Foundation do?  What is the role of FTRF in cases that may not obviously affect libraries?  And how can I be more connected to the work of the Foundation?  To help keep you in the loop, here’s a special member update of FTRF’s activities. Theresa Chmara litigation update video For the first time, I am pleased to provide to you a video featuring FTRF General Counsel Theresa Chmara’s overview of the litigation in which the Freedom to Read Foundation is involved.  Theresa provides similar updates during FTRF’s Annual and Midwinter meetings and has a terrific ability to make clear some complex legal issues.  This video is provided as a thank-you to members for your support of the Foundation; please do not redistribute. Theresa’s video was recorded before this week’s Supreme Court hearing of one of FTRF’s cases, Alvarez v. U.S.  Our coalition partners at Media Coalition have posted the transcript and our brief.  SCOTUSBlog has a recap here. Another great video from Midwinter in Dallas is this recording of John Green’s terrific talk to hundreds of his rabid fans.  The event raised several thousand dollars for FTRF.                                                                                                                           Philadelphia Meet & Greet, March 15 As for how you can be more connected – we are bringing FTRF to you!  Our first “meet-and-greet” will be taking place later this month during the Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia.  Please join FTRF President Kent Oliver and Program Coordinator Jonathan Kelley on Thursday evening, March 15 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel SoleFood Lounge, 1200 Market St. from 8:00-10:00 p.m.  Invite your friends!  If you’re in the area, even if you’re not attending PLA, we hope you’ll still drop by.  As we begin to implement our new strategic plan and build our membership, we are looking forward to meeting with you and discussing FTRF’s work and how you can get more involved.  (And if anyone is in Austin that week for SXSW, drop me an email – I’d love to say hello!) Conable & Krug Fund Applications We have opened applications for the FTRF Conable Conference Scholarship.  If you or a colleague is a library school student or new professional who would like to attend ALA’s Annual Conference, please apply or pass this information on!  Applications for the FTRF Judith F. Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants will open in a few weeks.  (FTRF is now an official sponsor of Banned Books Week!) Trustee Election Finally, the annual Trustee election will take place in a month.  Below you can see our very strong slate of nominees for the five open positions.  Keep your eyes peeled for the ballots, which are mailed the first of April! Again, my thanks for your support of the Freedom to Read Foundation.   


 Barbara M. Jones
Executive Director, Freedom to Read Foundation
50 East Huron
Chicago, IL. 60611
[email protected]Follow FTRF on Twitter P.S.  We have posted our new strategic plan [link to come] online for those who are interested.  It’s a great blueprint for the many exciting improvements coming to the Foundation.  I’m so glad to have you as part of this journey.  Candidates for Freedom to Read Foundation Board, 2012–2014 J. Douglas (Doug) Archer, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, INCarol Brey-Casiano, U.S. Department of State, Brasilia, BrazilChristopher Bowen, Westmont, ILEric Suess, Marshall Public Library, Pocatello, IDPamela R. Klipsch, Jefferson County Library, High Ridge, MOJulius Jefferson, Library of Congress, Washington, DCMary Minow, LibraryLaw.com, Cupertino, CARaymond Santiago, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami, FLCharles Kratz, The University of Scranton Weinberg Library, Scranton, PAJudith Platt, Association of American Publishers, Washington, DCNancy Zimmerman, University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, Columbia, SC  


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