Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) Intellectual Freedom of Information Award recognizes the contributions of a school library media specialist who has affirmed in an active way the rights of students to information and ideas furthering the cause of intellectual and academic freedom.
The award consists of:
- A plaque to the recipient commemorating the award
- The recipient will be recognized and honored at the annual Georgia COMO Conference
- The recipient’s application packet will be submitted to the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee.
Criteria for selection:
- The nominee shall be a PreK-12 personal member of Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) and a member of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
- The nominee shall meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Developed and implemented an exemplary innovative information program on intellectual freedom.
- Developed and implemented an exemplary school selection policy or handbook emphasizing freedom of information.
- Developed a structured procedure for handling a challenge or intellectual freedom crisis within a school.
- Has upheld intellectual freedom principles in the face of a challenge.
- Has contributed to the literature of the field (print or non-print).
- Has been active in the establishment and/or continuation of a program or activity relating to intellectual freedom at the local, state or national level.
- Has not received GLMA sponsored Intellectual Freedom award in the past two years.
3. At least one supporting letter of reference must accompany the application form. The reference must substantiate that the applicant has upheld the principles of intellectual freedom and has met at least one of the above criteria. This letter may be submitted by:
- System library media supervisors, lead library/media specialists, directors or coordinators
- State, county, or district school superintendents, building principals, headmasters, or local school board member
- Directors of curriculum and instruction or educational supervisors
- A GLMA member
4. Documentation (Examples)
Examples might include a school or district public relations initiative to promote awareness of intellectual freedom, programmatic assistance to meet a censorship challenge, or a building or education outreach effort to ensure intellectual freedom of information. Other documentation may include video, scrapbooks, handbook of policies & procedures, programs and newspaper or journal articles.