Judith Krug, 1940 – 2009 champion of intellectual freedom

We’re starting National Library Week on a bittersweet note with an obit in Library Journal for Judith Krug. Judith Krug was a huge personal inspiration for me since before I even started library school. She had been the head of the ALAs Office for Intellectual Freedom since before I was born. She was a no compromise defender of intellectual freedom, and a very politically minded and savvy woman who showed us all how it’s done. She had to put up with an incredible amount of nonsense and vitriol by people who did not agree with her positions and yet she kept fighting for the rights guaranteed by the Constitution includng the rights of children. Here are a few links to neat things by/about her that you might want to read and reflect on.

Her energy, humor and tireless spirit will be sorely missed.

4 Responses to “Judith Krug, 1940 – 2009 champion of intellectual freedom”

  1. National Library Week: Paying Homage to Judith Krug « Librarian Science Says:

    [...] Books Week, died over the weekend in Chicago. Over at librarian.net, Jessamyn has a very nice round-up of links about her. Library Journal has a brief [...]

  2. Dan Kleinman Says:

    For what she did, she was the best. The new leader of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom will not even come close.

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  4. National Library Week & OBOB’s Own Librarian Hero | Our Bodies Our Blog Says:

    [...] Jessamyn West and Cynthia Samuels have more. The New York Times obituary ends with a story that nicely sums up Krug’s straightforward approach: Ms. Krug credited her parents as inspiring her passion for free expression. In 2002, she told The Chicago Tribune about reading a sex-education book under the covers with a flashlight when she was 12. [...]