Daily Archives: April 13, 2009

A sad loss for the library world

I recieved this notice in my e-mail today about the death of one of the library world’s most ardent and vital figures in promoting literacy and equal rights for education.

Many new and future librarians can learn a lot from Judith Krug’s example.

Judith Fingeret Krug, 69 passed away April 11, 2009 at Evanston Hospital.  Advisor, author and public servant, she was a remarkable leader in the struggle to educate the public concerning the right to the free expression of ideas.  Judy was an inspiration to all who knew her.

She was the Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation and Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association for over forty years.    She worked tirelessly to guarantee the rights of individuals to express ideas and read the ideas of others without governmental interference.  Through her unwavering support of writers, teachers, librarians, and above all, students, she has advised countless numbers of librarians and trustees in dealing with challenges to library material.  She has been involved in multiple First Amendment cases that have gone all the way to the United States Supreme Court.  In addition, she was the founder of Banned Books Week, an annual week-long event that celebrates the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one’s opinion.

During a time in our nation’s history when an individual’s rights to access information are constantly under attack, she worked to ensure the public’s right to know through traditional means, as well as through the Internet.  Her legacy is a lifetime of passionate commitment, advocacy, and affirmative actions to protect the Constitutional rights of citizens granted under the First Amendment.

Recipient of countless awards and offices including: the Joseph P. Lippincott Award, the Irita Van Doren Award, the Harry Kalven Freedom of Expression Award, and most recently the William J. Brennen, Jr. award, from the Thomas Jefferson Center for Free Expression.  In July, she will be honored by the Freedom to Read Foundation for her years of vision and leadership.  In addition, she served as a senator and Vice President of the Phi Beta Kappa society.

Born in Pittsburgh, Judith graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received a Masters degree from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Illinois.

She is survived by her husband Herbert and her loving children Steven (Denise) of Northbrook, and Michelle (David) Litchman of Glencoe and five adoring grandchildren: Jessica, Sydney, Hannah, Rachel and Jason.  Additionally, she is survived by her brothers, Jay (Ilene) Fingeret and Dr. Arnold (Denise) Fingeret of Pittsburgh PA, and her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Dr. Howard Katzman of Miami, FL. She was preceded in death by her sister Susan (Steve) Pavsner of Bethesda MD.

Services will be held at Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 Dempster St., Evanston IL, Tuesday April 14th at 10:00a.m. followed by internment at Shalom Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Freedom to Read Foundation, 50 East Huron, Chicago Illinois 60611, or www.ftrf.org .

– Deborah Caldwell-Stone

Deputy Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom

American Library Association

50 East Huron, Chicago, IL  60611

800-545-2433 x 4224

Do you know where your library is?

Admit it, not every reader is a library user, and not every library user is a reader. At the library I meet tons of people each week that tell me “I live just down the street and never knew you were here!” Libraries are not just about books anymore. Libraries are about providing programs and events for families, adults, teens and kids. Libraries are about free computer/Internet use and free computer classes for those wanting to learn. Free programming for teens after school to keep them occupied, their brains working and help keep them out the trouble. The library is about storytimes and crafts for toddlers to help promote literacy, hand-eye coordination and other basic motor skills still developing. The library is about the community. If you live near a library, but have never stopped by, go on. Poke your head in. I promise they won’t bite. Check out the Library Friend’s bookstore. Did you know that most libraries rely on their Friend’s budget to help put on programs and craft and other major events? Buy a book from the Friend’s bookstore and help the library out. =)

Don’t know where your local library is? Go to this website http://nces.ed.gov/Globallocator/ and search for your nearest library. Go to www.worldcat.org to find out which books from your TBR list can be found at the library nearest you.

What is your Dewey Identity?

In honor of National Library Week:

Here is something cool you can do with your name and the Dewey Decimal System.

Go to this webpage

Type in your name (I went with my site name).

Pick a background color and voila! Through a letter decoding formula, you can see what Dewey Century you belong to. I neatly fell into the 6OOs, which works because I’ve finally started knitting again.

So…what Dewey code are you?

The Novel World’s Dewey Decimal Section:

646 Sewing, clothing & personal living

The Novel World = 0854525235824 = 085+452+523+582+4 = 1646

600 Technology

Health, agriculture, management, public relations, buildings.

What it says about you:
You are creative and inspired to make the world a better place. You can work hard on something when it catches your interest. Your friends have unique interests in common with you.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com