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

Erin Berman (Intellectual Freedom Committee Representative, July 29, 2020, to July 31, 2021)
Martin L. Garnar (Chair, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021)
Mr. Glen J. Benedict (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Mr. Peter D. Coyl (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Jim DelRosso (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
M. Teresa Doherty (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Holly Melissa Eberle (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Martin L. Garnar (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Steven Greechie (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Dana Hettich (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Lesliediana Jones (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Sophia Sotilleo (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Julia M. Warga (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Mrs. Shauntee Burns-Simpson (Diversity Committee Representative, April 13, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Lisa Mandina (Committee Associate, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Ms. Guoying Liu (CALA Representative, April 7, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Stephanie A. Barnaby (IFRT Liaison, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Lisa Lee Broughman (ACRL Liaison, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022)
Mr. Anthony Davis, Jr. (GLBTRT Liaison, October 10, 2018, to October 10, 2020)
Dr. Elizabeth J. Hartnett (ALSC Liaison, July 7, 2020, to June 30, 2021)
Mark Hudson (SRRT Liaison, May 27, 2020, to June 30, 2021)
Qiana M. Johnson (RUSA Liaison, July 29, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Victoria Rose Kowanetz (NMRT Liaison, March 30, 2020, to March 30, 2021)
Ms. Kathleen M. Ladell (EMIERT Liaison, April 7, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Michael Saar (LIRT Liaison, May 15, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
John Spears (PLA Liaison, July 9, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Hilda K. Weisburg (AASL Liaison, July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2021)
Mr. Charles E. Kratz, Jr. (Liaison, February 24, 2020, to June 30, 2021)
Ms. Patty M. Wong (ALA Executive Board Liaison, October 10, 2019, to July 1, 2021)
Deborah Caldwell-Stone (Staff Liaison, April 12, 2009, to January 1, 2025)
Eleanor Diaz (Primary Staff Liaison, July 1, 2016, to January 1, 2025)
Kristin Pekoll (Staff Liaison, January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2025)
Jahala D. Simuel (BCALA Representative, October 5, 2018, to October 5, 2020)

Displaying active committee roster as of 08/06/2020. Last retrieved on 08/06/2020. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

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