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The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award is sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association. The biennial award consists of $500 and a certificate, and is presented for the "best published work in the area of intellectual freedom." The award was originally announced in 1986, and created to honor the Idaho librarian who was known as "a champion of intellectual freedom who demanded the dismantling of all barriers to freedom of expression." It is presented to an author or authors of an article, a series of thematically connected articles, a book, or a manual concerned with intellectual freedom. A list of past recipients follows.

Award Recipients

2014  June Pinnell-Stephens. Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2012.

2012  Evgeny Morozov. The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. New York, NY: PublicAffairs, 2011.
HM851 .M665 2011

2010  Ernest Freeberg. Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
HX84.D3 F74 2008

2008  Christopher M. Finan. From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act. Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c2007.
KF4772 .F56 2007

2006  Kembrew McLeod. Freedom of Expression: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity. New York : Doubleday, 2005.
KF2979 .M348 2005

2004  Wendell Berry and David James Duncan. Citizens Dissent: Security, Morality, and Leadership in an Age of Terror. Great Barrington, MA : Orion Society, c2003.
UA23 .B47 2003

2002  Marjorie Heins. Not in Front of the Children: "Indecency," Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth. New York : Hill and Wang, 2001.
Z658.U5 H42 2001

2000  Brin, David. The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? Reading, Mass. : Perseus Books, c1998.
JC598 .B75 1998b

1998 Rabban, David M. Free Speech in its Forgotten Years. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
KF 4772 .R33 1997

1996 Cleary, Edward J. Beyond the Burning Cross: The First Amendment and the Landmark R.A.V. Case. New York: Random House, 1994.
KF 228 .S23 C54 1994

1994 DelFattore, Joan. What Johnny Shouldn't Read: Textbook Censorship in America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.
LB 3045.7 .D45 1992

1992 Cornog, Martha, ed. Libraries, Erotica, and Pornography. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1991.
Z 688 .E76 L53 1991

1990 Helmick, Aileen and Floyd Pentln, eds. Media Horizons. Kansas City, MO: Missouri Association of School Librarians, Spring 1988 edition.
(Not available at this time)

1988 Ann Bastian, et al., eds. Choosing Equality: The Case for Democratic Schooling. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986.
LC 213.2 .C48 1986

1986 Levy, Lawrence W. Emergence of a Free Press. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.
KF 4774 .L48 1985

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For more information, please try the links below:

American Library Association Home Page
American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom
American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Round Table
Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award Page
Freedom to Read Foundation
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