Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC)


To serve as a liaison between the division and the ALA Intellectual Freedom committee and all other groups within the association concerned with intellectual freedom. To advise the division on matters before the office for intellectual freedom and their implication for library service to children and to make recommendations to the ALA Intellectual Freedom committee for changes in policies involving library service to children. To promote in-service and continuing education programs in the area of intellectual freedom for those who select library materials for children.


Ms. Betsy Boyce Brainerd (Co-Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Bruce Stewart Farrar (Co-Chair, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Justin Azevedo (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Mr. Alan Bern (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Therese G. Bigelow (Member, July 1, 2017, to July 21, 2018)
Mariah L. Manley (Member, July 1, 2017, to October 23, 2018)
Carol K. Phillips (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Mr. Matthew J. McLain (Consultant, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2017. Last retrieved on 06/25/2019. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


The Intellectual Freedom committee consists of five members appointed from the ALSC membership at large serving two-year terms and led by two committee co-chairs. The co-chairs also serve two-year terms and are appointed in alternating years; additionally, one co-chair shall serve as ALSC's liaison with ALA's Freedom to Read foundation and the other as ALSC's liaison with ALA's Intellectual Freedom committee. (2 co-chairs + 5)


Established in 1974 at the request of the ALSC Board of Directors.

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ALSC and ALA value committed and active committee members. Qualified ALSC members are welcome to volunteer to serve on ALSC's committees. Committee members must have an interest in the work of the committee; be able to attend Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings to participate in the meetings and activities of the committee; and be able to work between conferences via e-mail and ALA Connect. Express your interest in serving on this or other ALSC committees by filling out an ALSC committee volunteer form. Depending on the committee, appointments take place either in the spring or fall. Accordingly, committee service begins either following Annual Conference or Midwinter Meeting.

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