2007 Wisconsin SIRS/Proquest Award Winner

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Helen Adams

Helen Adams is a longtime advocate for intellectual freedom in schools and libraries, both in Wisconsin and nationally. As a librarian and educator, she has been a constant voice of both passion and reason, working to make sure that the First Amendment rights of library users are understood as essential to the work of library professionals. Helen has also been tireless in her commitment to keeping intellectual freedom visible and vibrant in the work of professional organizatons and therefore viable in the work of individual librarians.

Helen is past-president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) of the American Library Association (ALA), and served on the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee. In Wisconsin, she took the lead in developing the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA) Intellectual Freedom Plan after the organization's reconfiguration in 2006. Her actions have ensured that intellectual freedom will remain a high-profile issue in WEMTA. She currently holds responsibility for helping to carry out the plan and coordinates the WEMTA Intellectual Freedom Network that provides support to Wisconsin school library media specialists facing challenges.

In addition to her national and state leadership roles, Helen's expertise on intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality issues in libraries and schools was cited in her nomination. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues for Public, School and Academic Libraries (Libraries Unlimited, 2005) and the forthcoming Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library. She also authored a column on privacy issues for School Library Media Activities Monthly in 2006-07.