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Call for Nominations: Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award (Deadline 10/5)

(via the iSchool, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The iSchool at Illinois seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 5, 2018.

Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.

The Downs Award was established in 1969 by the iSchool’s faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Robert B. Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of the School. Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO Publishing Company, provides an honorarium to the Downs Award recipient and co-hosts the reception held in honor of the recipient. The reception and award ceremony for the 2018 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award will take place in January 2019 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Letters of nomination and documentation about the nominee should be sent by October 5, to Associate Professor Terry Weech, either by e-mail at weech@illinois.edu with a copy to ischool-dean@illinois.edu, or in paper form to:

Associate Professor Terry Weech
School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 East Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Please e-mail any questions to Associate Professor Terry Weech. To see the full announcement, including a list of some of the past winners, please go to https://ischool.illinois.edu/articles/2018/06/nominations-invited-annual-downs-intellectual-freedom-award.

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