Georgia Media Specialist chosen for National Intellectual Freedom Award
The American Association of School Librarians has recognized Kristie Michalowski of J.C. Magill ES (Gwinnett County) with the 2008 Intellectual Freedom Award, a $2,000 prize, and $1,000 donated to the media center of her choice. The award is given for upholding the principles of intellectual freedom as set forth by the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. Ms. Michalowski previously was honored at the state level. She will receive the award at the AASL conference on June 30th.
According the the official AASL press release:
The Magill Elementary School media specialist was nominated by Valerie Ayer because of her ability to uphold intellectual freedom professionally while “following the policies/procedures to insure that the complainants’ concerns were addressed.” Over the course of her career in the Gwinnett County Public School system, Michalowski has been challenged four times regarding titles in the school library. As a result of these challenges, Michalowski has been active in the revision of local policies for use of instructional resources. She has also presented at conferences and workshops and been invited by college professors to speak to future media specialists about her experience.