Judith F. Krug,
No person is more closely identified with libraries and the cause of intellectual freedom than Judith F. Krug. Director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom since it was founded in 1968, Judith Krug continues to remain unparalleled in her commitment to educating the public about their rights to free access of all expressions and ideas.
Since 1968, Ms. Krug has advised countless numbers of librarians and trustees in dealing with challenges to library materials. She helped to found the Freedom to Read Foundation, a sister organization of ALA, and has served as its executive director since 1969.
Krug also helped found Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the right of individuals to choose their own reading materials. Now entering its 22nd year, the program serves to raise awareness about censorship and remind Americans that our freedoms can be fragile if we're not vigilant in protecting them. Krug also is a noted speaker and author in the area of intellectual freedom.
Recently, Krug received the profession's highest honor, the Joseph P. Lippincott Award, in recognition of the leadership and support she has provided to the American Library Association, to the profession to which she is so integral and to the American public in upholding one of our most basic rights in a democratic society.In addition to her ALA responsibilities, Ms. Krug serves as a senator of the Phi Beta Kappa society and is a member of the Media Institute's First Amendment Advisory Council, GetNetWise Advisory Board and the Internet Education Foundation. Honors include the Irita Van Doren Award presented by the American Booksellers and the Harry Kalven Freedom of Expression Award presented by the American Civil Liberties Union to the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom.
To arrange an interview or speaking engagement with Ms. Krug, please contact the ALA Press Officer, Larra Clark, at 312-280-5043.
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