Doyle Wins ALA Immroth Award

June 1, 2017

ILA Executive Director Robert P. Doyle is the recipient of the 2017 John Philip Immroth Memorial Award, presented by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT). The award will be presented on Saturday, June 24, at the IFRT Awards Reception and Member Social, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Chicago, Columbus IJ.  All are invited to attend. 

The Immroth Award recognizes Doyle’s defense of intellectual freedom in a library career spanning more than 30 years.  Doyle has been the editor of the ALA Banned Books and the yearly list of Banned and Challenged Books since 1983.  He served as the deputy director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom under Judith F. Krug’s tenure and served two terms as a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Directors and received the 2009 FTRF Roll of Honor Award

He encouraged and supported the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions to create the Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression.

In Illinois, Doyle organized coalitions, devised strategy, wrote and presented testimony, and successfully urged the Illinois library community to defeat eighteen attempts at mandatory statewide Internet filtering legislation, three attempts to change the state’s obscenity laws, and several challenges to user privacy laws.

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