CLA announces 2015 winner of the Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada

>>From the Canadian Library Association

(OTTAWA) February 10, 2015. The Canadian Library Association is delighted to announce that Brian Campbell has been chosen as winner of the 2015 Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada for his tireless championship of librarianship’s core values of intellectual freedom and information access.

Throughout his long and distinguished library career of more than 30 years in British Columbia, for many of those years Director of Systems and Special Projects for the Vancouver Public Library, Mr. Campbell treated intellectual freedom work as an integral part of his professional responsibilities as a librarian. He has demonstrated principled leadership in promoting the links between intellectual freedom and information policy issues that arise from fast-paced technology. He has been an outstanding advocate and activist for the core values of librarianship in both the Canadian Library Association and the American Library Association, as well as provincially and locally.

This award will be recognized on February 25, 2015 at a public event in Toronto entitled Read. Write. Speak. and the award will be presented to Mr. Campbell at a later date. This recognition is part of the 31st annual Freedom to Read Week (February 22 – 28, 2015) coordinated by the Book and Periodical Council. Further information about this and other Freedom to Read Week events is available at

The Canadian Library Association’s Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada recognizes and honours outstanding contributions to intellectual freedom in Canada by individuals or groups. For more information please visit the CLA Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada Award page on the CLA website. The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library association, representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.

For more information, see the CLA press release here.