Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC)


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.


Doug Archer (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Danita Barber-Owusu (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Mr. John Mack McGowan Freeman (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Ms. Jean Duncan McFarren (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Johana Orellana (Intern, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)

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The Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) consists of a 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.

Subcommittees & Task Forces

IFC Privacy subcommittee monitors ongoing privacy developments in technology (in cooperation with LITA), politics and legislation (in cooperation with COL), and social trends; to identify needs and resources for librarians and library users; to propose action to IFC on resolutions, policies, and guidelines as well as on educational, informational, promotional and other projects; and to collaborate with other organizations (e.g., LITA and COL).

Upcoming Meetings

The Intellectual Freedom Committee conducts six meetings during ALA Annual Conference.  Midwinter schedule: TBD.  Annual Conference schedule: Session I: Friday, 8:00 to 10:00 AM; Session II: Friday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM; Session III: Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM; Session IV: Saturday, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM; Session V: Monday, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM; Session VI, 4:30 to 5:30 PM.

The IFC Privacy subcommittee usually meets on Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 PM during  Midwinter and Annual Conference.

All IFC meetings are open to all members of ALA.