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Sam G. Whitten Intellectual Freedom Award

The Sam J. Whitten Intellectual Freedom Award will be awarded annually to an individual or organization in the library community who actively promotes intellectual freedom in Texas.

Anyone who is actively promoting intellectual freedom in Texas is eligible for the Sam J. Whitten Intellectual Freedom Award. Intellectual freedom is defined by the American Library Association as “the freedom to express one’s beliefs or ideas through any mode of communication and the right of unrestricted access to all information and ideas regardless of the medium of communication used.”

Nominees will be judged:

  • on the role they have played in actively promoting intellectual freedom in their sphere of influence and beyond;
  • on the degree to which they exemplify the spirit of intellectual freedom; and
  • on the impact that their efforts to promote intellectual freedom have made.

Apply today!

Deadline to apply is February 28.

Past Whitten Intellectual Freedom Award Recipients