Those who gathered Friday night in Grand Ballroom A at the Hyatt Regency Chicago celebrated the life and times of legendary ALA leader Judith F. Krug, who passed away last April. Friends and colleagues shared personal memories and anecdotes in honor of this past leader and long-time director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF).
She first started as a reference librarian at Chicago’s John Crerar Liibrary in 1962, joined Northwestern University’s dental shcool library as a cataloguer, and then joined ALA as a research analyst before taking on the post of OIF director and the duties of executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Her awards were many including one she received earlier this year: the William J. Brennan Jr. Award from the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression for her “commitment to the marriage of open books and open minds.” On July 12, she will also be honored posthumously with Founder’s Award at the FTRF’s 40th Anniversary Gala.
During the memorial, colleagues paid tribute to her passion, her unstoppable energy, and her unfailing commitment to First Amendment freedoms. As one friend noted, “Although we are diminished by her death, we are enriched by her legacy.”