The Graduate School of Library and Information Science faculty at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign has selected Ann K. Symons as the recipient of the 1999 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, to be presented January 2000 at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio. Symons is a librarian at Juneau Douglas High School in Alaska and immediate past president of ALA.
During her 1998–99 ALA presidency, Symons promoted intellectual freedom with her theme of “Read, Learn, Connect @ the Library.” She has championed open access to the Internet for library patrons and hosted a meeting in March at which librarians and filtering software manufacturers came together to seek solutions for the free-speech issues raised by filtering.
Symons is coauthor of Protecting the Right to Read (Neal Schuman, 1995) and coeditor of Speaking Out! Voices in Celebration of Intellectual Freedom (ALA Editions, 1999).
Posted November 22, 1999.