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Intellectual Freedom Champion Award
Oregon Library Association
2016 Intellectual Freedom Champions
The OLA Intellectual Freedom Committee selected a trio of educators from the Albany School District as the recipients of the 2016 Intellectual Freedom Champion of the Year Award in recognition of their courageous efforts in support of their students’ freedom to read.
Jean, the librarian at the high school said, “What I found most rewarding was the response from the community, the huge majority of which were completely supportive of the use of advanced, thought-provoking materials in an advanced, college-level class.”
Blain, the AP Literature teacher, says that he supports his students’ right to read because, “Our job is not to teach students what to think, but to help them learn how to think for themselves. At their fingertips, my students have access to more information than they can ever possibly digest. This being the case, it's important that they're given frequent opportunities to read critically in order to evaluate information and make sense of the world they live in. Good literature provides students with opportunities to engage in material that makes them think about the world they live in; great literature sparks a fire that makes them hurry to class in order to hash out those critical conversations with their classmates.”
The experiences of our 2016 Intellectual Freedom Champions reminds us all that we need to be prepared so that we can be the best advocates possible for our communities.
Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Champion of the Year Award
The Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Oregon Library Association offers the OLA Intellectual Freedom Champion of the Year Award in recognition of the contribution made by an individual, group of individuals, or an organization or institution that has actively promoted or defended intellectual freedom in Oregon. The Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Oregon Library Association administers the Award and presents it at the Annual Awards Banquet held at the OLA Annual Conference.
Do you know an Intellectual Freedom Champion in Oregon? Please consider nominating them for the award. Nominations are due by February 7th each year. For more information, please contact the chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. Current chair(s) are listed on the About the Intellectual Freedom Committee page.
Intellectual Freedom Champion Award Recipients