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WLA/WEMTA IF Award

ANNOUNCING: The WLA & WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Award.  APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2015.

For more information, click on the links to the left to access the IF Award Criteria and Procedures and 2015 Application web pages.

Take time to nominate someone who meets the criteria. With all the challenges we continue to face, there are many excellent and deserving individuals.

The award is given based on the following criteria:
•    the nominee's role in actively promoting intellectual freedom in their sphere of influence and beyond;
•    the degree to which s/he exemplifies the spirit of intellectual freedom; and
•    the effect of their efforts to promote intellectual freedom and challenge censorship.

WLA & WEMTA INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM AWARD

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2015 for 2015 Award

Print out and complete the application below, or download an application form.

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.
       
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

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.

Nominations for the award may be made by personal members of WLA and/or WEMTA. 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 the annual Wisconsin Library Association Conference. In succeeding years, the award will be presented at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference or the annual Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association conference, depending on the preferred affiliation of the award winner.

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 with this cover sheet by JANUARY 15 to:

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

WLA & WEMTA INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM AWARD APPLICATION

NAME OF NOMINEE: ________________
ADDRESS: _________________________
NOMINATED BY: ___________________
ADDRESS: _________________________
HOME PHONE: ___________________   

WORK PHONE: ____________________

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.