The IFRT at the 2005 ALA Annual Conference

Religion and Intellectual Freedom: Divine Revelation in the Marketplace of Ideas

Sponsored by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table, Saturday, June 25, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., McCormick Place, N427.

How can libraries serve both the religious and the secular demands made by members of their communities? Does demonstrating respect for religious life conflict with the separation of church and state? Come and explore these questions with our distinguished panelists.


Martin E. Marty, professor emeritus, University of Chicago, editor of Fundamentalisms Observed (The Fundamentalism Project), and author of The Promise of Grace: A Journey of Faith; Susan Jacoby, author of Freethinkers : A History of American Secularism; Mike Wessells, librarian, Timberland Regional Library; and Doug Archer, librarian, University of Notre Dame.

We've Got Your Back: Librarians and Teens Speak Out on Intellectual Freedom

Cosponsored by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table and the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association, Sunday, June 26, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., McCormick Place, S403.

This program seeks to provide practical information on how Young Adult librarians can stand strong in defense of intellectual freedom. Real-life challenges to intellectual freedom will be shared by teens and librarians, and discussion will follow, with audience participation encouraged. A lawyer with expertise in the area of teen rights and intellectual freedom will be present to offer suggestions on how librarians can react to such challenges.


Traci Truly, Lawyer and author of Teen Rights: A Legal Guide for Teens and the Adults in Their Lives (Legal Survival Guides); Erin V. Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian, Ann Arbor (MI) District Library; and Anne Heideman, Youth Services Manager, Chippewa River District Library, Veterans Memorial Library, Mt. Pleasant, MI.