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Jonathan Newton holding his awardFurman University Alum, Jonathan Newton (class of 2001), and professional library leader and advocate was honored at the South Carolina Library Association(SCLA) 2019 Conference with the Intellectual Freedom Award. Nominated by peers and colleagues from around the state, Jonathan was chosen for his “contributions in advocacy for South Carolina libraries and fighting for equality and intellectual freedoms for libraries, librarians, and citizens of South Carolina.”[1]

Jonathan worked in the Furman Library while he was a student, and he held multiple management and leadership positions in the Greenville County Library System. He was most recently the manager of the Five Forks Branch. He also serves as a board member for SCLA. Jonathan graduated from Furman University in 2001 with a B.A. in Asian studies, and he holds a master of library and information science from the University of South Carolina.

Congratulations Jonathan on this great honor and recognition of your hard work! We the faculty and staff of the Furman University Libraries are proud of your diligent work and library advocacy!



[1]2019 Award Winners Presented at the SCLA 2019 Conference.”, accessed 10/16/, 2019,

Photo Credit: Rachel Inabinet (class of 2004)