Amanda Jones
Teacher-Librarian-Reading Specialist-International Speaker-Author


Amanda Jones is currently the school librarian at the same school she attended as a child, where she has worked for the past 23 years. Amanda made national headlines in 2022 when she was targeted by extremists in her town for speaking out at a public library board meeting. She decided to fight back and took her harassers to court, while continuing to speak out at both the local and national level against the pro-censorship movement. Amanda chronicles what it is like being the target of white Christian nationalists and the importance of standing up for intellectual freedom, in her upcoming book That Librarian: The Fight Against Book Banning in America which will be published in fall of 2024. 

Amanda was the 2021 School Library Journal Co-Librarian of the Year, a 2021 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and the 2020 Louisiana Librarian of the Year. She enjoys presenting at the national and international level on the importance of certified school librarians, book joy, and why every child deserves to see themselves reflected in the books on library shelves. Amanda has received numerous intellectual freedom awards from the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, and Louisiana Library Association for her dedication to eradicating censorship and promoting libraries in Louisiana.

She is the Executive Director of the Livingston Parish Library Alliance, a group comprised of citizens in her town dedicated to the importance of preserving the freedom of the library to provide services to all patrons no matter their ethnicity, religion, gender identity, education status, political affiliation, socioeconomic status or any other diversity of life and thought. She is also a co-founding member of Louisiana Citizens Against Censorship, a grassroots organization fighting censorship in the bayou state.

Amanda currently resides in Louisiana with her teenage daughter, husband she’s known since first grade, and their cat Juno Mars. When not presenting and fighting the good fight, Amanda enjoys reading, obsessively watching Tiktok, and a good Louisiana crawfish boil. 

2023 AASL Intellectual Freedom Award

2023 ALA Paul Howard Award for Courage

2023 ALA IFRT John Immroth Award

2023 LLA Alex Allain Intellectual Freedom Award

2022 EdTech Magazine Top 30 K-12 IT Influencers to Watch

2021 School Library Journal Librarian of the Year

2021 Library Journal Mover & Shaker

2020 Louisiana School Librarian of the Year