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DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2016 for 2016 Award

The Wisconsin Library Association/Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association Intellectual Freedom Award recognizes the contribution of an individual or group who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Wisconsin.  will be given to a recipient selected by the WLA &WEMTA Joint Intellectual Freedom Award Committee.  The award consists of a plaque to the recipient commemorating the award.


Anyone who has actively promoted intellectual freedom in Wisconsin is eligible for the WLA & WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award.  Activities within the past five years are eligible for consideration.

Intellectual freedom, as defined by the American Library Association is the freedom to express one’s beliefs or ideas through any mode of communication, and the right of unrestricted access to all information and ideas regardless of the medium of communication used.  The ALA Library Bill of Rights offers expanded explanations of practices, which promote intellectual freedom.

Nominees for the award will be judged on the:

1.    Role they have played in actively promoting intellectual freedom in their sphere of influence and beyond.
2.    Degree to which they exemplify the spirit of intellectual freedom.
3.    Effect of their efforts to promote intellectual freedom and challenge censorship.


Who Can Nominate:

Nominations for the award may be made by personal members of WLA and/or WEMTA who are not on the joint award committee. Individuals and groups may nominate themselves for the award.  Nominations are to be submitted by January 15 each year.  The Joint WLA/WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award Committee will evaluate the nominations based on the stated criteria.  An award recipient will be selected only in those years when the committee believes an award is justified.  The award will be presented at either the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference or the annual Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association conference, depending on the preferred affiliation of the award winner.

How to Nominate:

Nominators must send a nomination letter that identifies the nominee’s role in promoting intellectual freedom, along with a minimum of two additional letters of support that further illuminate the nominee’s visible efforts on behalf of intellectual freedom. References to published articles by or about the nominee; workshops or speeches by the nominee relating to intellectual freedom, and other tangible evidence of the nominee’s work are especially welcome.

Mail or fax the nomination and documentation by JANUARY 15 to:

     WLA Intellectual Freedom Round Table: IF Award
     4610 South Biltmore Lane, Suite 100
     Madison, WI 53718
     Fax: 608-245-3646

Include a Cover Sheet with the Following Information:

NAME OF NOMINEE: _____________________
ADDRESS: ______________________________

WORK PHONE:___________________________
HOME/CELL PHONE:_______________________

NOMINATED BY: __________________________
ADDRESS: ________________________________
WORK PHONE: ____________________________   

HOME/CELL PHONE: ________________________