Finding Intellectual Freedom Friends

Finding Intellectual Freedom Friends logoAs librarians, we are often cocooned in library voices. But there are other industries and professionals whose principles and values often align with ours; especially intellectual freedom. This webinar will share examples of potential partners and how collaborating with non library organizations can strengthen your message and increase your reach. Collaboration with like minded organizations can create renewed enthusiasm and new library supporters. Whether you're designing programs and curriculum or looking for writers and speakers, you may want to consider friends who share your values but can offer different perspectives. 


  • Identify organizations beyond libraries that can help support and educate about the value of intellectual freedom
  • Increase brainstorming 
  • Increase knowledge of intellectual freedom facets beyond book challenges in libraries

Who Should Attend

  • Librarians
  • Community Organizers
  • Library Consultants and Educators
  • State Library Associations and Intellectual Freedom Committee members


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Charles Brownstein has served as the Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since 2002. During his tenure the organization has achieved numerous legal victories, been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has become the leading source of education and advocacy for combating the rising tide of comics censorship in libraries and schools.

Brownstein is a prolific and sought out lecturer on the history of comics and censorship who has addressed audiences across the United States, as well as in Japan, Canada, Norway, and the United Kingdom.  In addition to his work at CBLDF, he also writes extensively about comics; his publications include Eisner/MillerThe Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, and Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy Art on Tour.

Brownstein currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Freedom to Read Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Media Coalition, and on the Steering Committees of Banned Books Week, MoCCA, and SPX.

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Emily Brock is a Publicist at Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where she works on books ranging from bestselling fiction to celebrity memoirs to critical science. She is a co-chair for the Publishers Publicity Association and has previously sat on the Young to Publishing board. She graduated from the Denver Publishing Institute in 2012 after completing her undergraduate at the University of Georgia.




  • ALA member: $20
  • Nonmember: $25
  • Group: $120*
  • Library System or Multiple Groups/Locations: Contact Kristin*

*For purposes of group registration, a group is defined as 6 or more people gathering in one room at one location to watch the webinar. We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, use a LCD/LED projector and speakers capable of amplifying the audio when viewing the webinar.

Neither individual nor group registration includes permission to rebroadcast or redistribute this webinar. Thank you for your cooperation.

How to Register

To access the recording of this webinar using a major credit card, please click here. Look for the title of the webinar, "Finding Intellectual Freedom Friends" in the alphabetical list. 

Questions regarding registration should be directed to ALA’s Membership and Customer Service department at 1-800-545-2433 x5 or e-mail to

Tech Requirements


Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom at or 312-280-4221.

Questions regarding registration should be directed to ALA's Membership and Customer Service department at 1-800-545-2433 x5.

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