Last night, 12 past and present members of the IFC committee, as well as former students and colleagues, met to honor and thank Ann Curry for her contributions to librarianship and intellectual freedom. She is moving to Edmonton to be the Director of the School of Library and Information Studies at U of A. Ann has taught at the School of Library and Information Studies at UBC since 1990.
Deb Thomas, current BCLA president wrote to Ann:
Your work in BCLA with the Continuing Education and Intellectual Freedom committees has advanced both the practice and the philosophy of librarianship. In particular, your willingness to take a strong stand against censorship in many arenas Ãƒ ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ in the classroom, conference sessions, research projects, journal articles and in your active involvement in BCLA and the BC Civil Liberties Association Ãƒ ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ has set a high standard for both new and experienced librarians to follow.
I remember a great display that she had outside of her office on different challenged books. She brought the latest addition to her collection last night, Where Willy Went.
Thank you Ann for your research, teaching, and active involvement in the profession and community!