The Georgia Library Media Association Intellectual Freedom of Information Award recognizes an individual for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by the American Library Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association.
Nominations are open to all Georgia school librarians who are current members of the Georgia Library Media Association.
Submit a written statement and or attach evidence demonstrating the role of your nominee in promoting intellectual freedom in the school library media programs. Supporting documentation includes, newspaper clippings, educational workshop, programs, etc.
2017 GLMA Intellectual Freedom Award Recipient
Amanda Graves, Media Specialist at E.T. Booth Middle School in Cherokee County, Georgia, is the recipient of the 2017 Georgia Library Media Association Intellectual Freedom Award. The award recognizes an individual for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by the American Library Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association.
Amanda completed her early childhood education degree in 2002 from Brenau University and her Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from Valdosta State University in 2012, where she received dual degrees in school media and public librarianship. In 2013, Amanda began working in the library media center at Sprayberry High School in Cobb County and began the new 2016-2017 school year at E.T. Booth Middle School in Cherokee County. Her media program currently serves over 1,700 middle school students and over 100 faculty and staff members.
Amanda will be honored at the Georgia Library Media Association Summer Institute Conference on Monday, June 12, 2017, Wyndham Resort & Conference Center, Peachtree City, Georgia.
Previous Award Winners
2016 Amy Bradley
Glynn County (GA) School District
Risley Middle School
2012 Rosalind Dennis
DeKalb County (GA) School District
Stone Mountain, GA
2007 Kristie Michalowski
Gwinnett County (GA) School District
Magill Elementary School
Nomination Deadline: December 29, 2017
Note: Organizations or individuals may make nominations. Self-nominations will not be considered. The recipient will be selected based on the evidence submitted that describes the role he/she has played in promoting intellectual freedom.
Nomination Form: IFA-Application-Form-2017.
Please submit four (4) copies of the Nomination Form and Supporting Materials to the Intellectual Freedom Award Chairperson. The nomination and supporting materials must be postmarked no later than December 29, 2017.
Submit nominations forms and supporting materials to:
Valerie Ayer, Intellectual Freedom Award Chair
DeKalb County School District
Department of Educational Media & Instructional Materials
1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083