Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tim Coggins Receives Award
Congratulations to our AALL colleague Tim Coggins for receiving this award and also for the great job he does as chair of the AALL Government Relations Committee! Way to go, Tim!
Associate Dean Coggins Recipient of the 2005 ProQuest/Virginia Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award
Timothy L. Coggins, associate dean for library and information services and professor of law at the University of Richmond School of Law, received the 2005 ProQuest/Virginia Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Award at the recently concluded VLA Annual Conference in Williamsburg on Friday, October 21. The award is presented every other year at the annual VLA conference to a person who actively promotes intellectual freedom in Virginia, exemplifies the spirit of intellectual freedom, and challenges censorship efforts. Prior winners of the Intellectual Freedom Award included Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Va.), who received the award in 2003.
Coggins was recognized for several efforts. He authors a regular VLA Newsletter column, "Intellectual Freedom Update," which focuses on recent developments in censorship, access to information by users of public libraries, information policies that affect access, and other intellectual freedom issues. He recently developed with James W. Sanderson, senior librarian at the Newport News West Avenue Library and the chair of the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, a survey about Internet filtering and access policies that was distributed to all public libraries in Virginia. Coggins and Sanderson co-authored, "Beyond Rhetoric: Internet Filtering in Virginia Public Libraries," reporting the results of the survey, in the April/May/June 2005 issue of Virginia Libraries.
Claire M. Germain