Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC)

Charge

To recommend such steps as may be necessary to safeguard the rights of library users, libraries, and librarians, in accordance with the first amendment to the United States Constitution and the Library Bill of Rights as adopted by the ALA Council. To work closely with the Office for Intellectual Freedom and with other units and officers of the association in matters touching intellectual freedom and censorship.

Roster

Julia M. Warga (Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Helen Ruth Adams (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Emily Elizabeth Clasper (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Peter D. Coyl (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Eldon Ray James (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Shenise L. McGhee (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Johana Orellana Cabrera (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Cecelia L. Parks (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Kimberly Anne Patton (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
John Spears (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Ms. Sarah Thornbery (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Julia M. Warga (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Arlene McFarlin Weismantel (RUSA Representative, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Geoff Dickinson (Committee Associate, March 15, 2019, to June 30, 2020)
Paul Flagg (Committee Associate, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Andrew J. Harant (Professional Ethics Representative, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Floyd Clark Pentlin (Public Awareness Representative, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Vanessa L. Ames (PLA Liaison, September 21, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Justin Azevedo (ALSC Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Michael S. Babinec (ALCTS Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Amanda F. Barnhart (YALSA Liaison, October 4, 2017, to July 31, 2019)
Matt Beckstrom (LITA Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Ms. Betsy Boyce Brainerd (ALSC Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Anthony Davis, Jr. (GLBTRT Liaison, October 10, 2018, to October 10, 2020)
Ms. Kirsten Hostetler (NMRT Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Brenda C. Hough (ASGCLA Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Brenda C. Hough (ASGCLA Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Wanda Mae Huffaker (IFRT Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Andrea Jamison (EMIERT Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
John H. Pollitz (ACRL Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2022)
Brooke Sheets (PLA Liaison, November 13, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Hilda K. Weisburg (AASL Liaison, July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2019)
Ms. Patricia M. Wong (ALA Executive Board Liaison, July 1, 2017, to July 31, 2019)
Deborah Caldwell-Stone (Staff Liaison, April 12, 2009, to January 1, 2020)
Eleanor Diaz (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2016, to January 1, 2020)
Kristin Pekoll (Staff Liaison, January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2020)
Jahala D. Simuel (BCALA Representative, October 5, 2018, to October 5, 2020)

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Composition

The Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) consists of 11 members who are appointed by the Council Committee on Committees, in cooperation with the ALA president-elect. Members serve 2-year terms and are led by the chair.

Privacy Subcommittee

The Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) Privacy Subcommittee consists of a 8 members who are appointed by the IFC Chair.  Members serve 2-year terms and are led by the chair.

Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a member of IFC or other ALA committees, ALA members must fill out the volunteer form to be consider. The form is open from early August to early November. The ALA president-elect makes committee appointments. For more information, visit Committees, Volunteer Resources & Opportunities.

IFC member’s initial term is for two years and may be reappointed for an additional two-year term. To be reappointed for a second term, you must fill out the volunteer form.

Staff Liaison

Ellie Diaz
Program Officer
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
ediaz@ala.org
(800) 545-2433, ext. 4225