Judith Krug, longtime intellectual freedom advocate and founder of Banned 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 obituary.
Ms. Krug started Banned Books Week in 1982, and has been a bright light at ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom for over 40 years. Public librarians are constantly called upon to defend books from well-meaning, but misguided, library patrons. Banned Books Week is just one of the many ways librarians showcase our commitment to intellectual freedom and the fight against censorship. Judith Krug will be dearly missed by information advocates everywhere, but I’m sure she would be happy to see so many of her colleagues taking up the fight in her stead.