ImagineIF Libraries to be awarded with the Pat Williams Intellectual Freedom Award

ImagineIF Libraries will receive the Pat Williams Intellectual Freedom Award from the Montana Library Association on Aug. 5. This award will be given at the Tri-Conference Awards in Missoula. 

The award recognizes current and former ImagineIF librarians Sean Anderson, Kat Wilson, Starr White and former interim director Martha Furman. These librarians led the response to concurrent challenges against two books in the library’s collections, “Lawn Boy” by Jonathan Evison and “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe. 

The Pat Williams Intellectual Freedom Award is conferred upon an individual or group who has made significant contributions during the past year to the enhancement of First Amendment rights or upon an individual whose body of work over time has made significant contributions to the enhancement of intellectual freedom. 

The recipient should have demonstrated a clear understanding of the principles, nature, responsibilities and implications of the First Amendment.

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The recipient should have applied that understanding of the principles in one or more of the following ways:

In defense of the principles in the face of a serious challenge to it which defense is not necessarily limited to libraries.

In support of the principles through an active role in: Formulating

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