IFRT Programs and Preconferences

The IFRT plans and conducts at least one program for each ALA Annual Conference.  The program is cosponsored by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table, Intellectual Freedom Committee, and Division Intellectual Freedom Committees.

2012 Annual Conference

2012 Preconference
Who Do I Trust to Protect My Privacy?
Thursday, June 21, 1:30-5:30
Anaheim Convention Center, Room 303C

2012 Awards Reception
Saturday, June 23, 11:30 to 1:00pm
Sheraton Park Hotel, Plaza AB
1855 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA

IFRT Program
Black Arm Bands, Full Metal Jackets and Young People: From Tinker to Tuscon.
Saturday, June 23, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Hilton Anaheim, Huntinton Room
777 West Convention Center Way

Join John Tinker who, as a junior high school student in 1965 wore a black arm band to school in order to protest America's involvement in Vietnam. That action set in motion a court case that ended up before the Supreme Court. The court ruled that students do have First Amendment rights in school settings. Hear from John about that and his continuing experiences working on youth access.

Speaker: John Tinker

Merritt Fund Reception
(co-sponsored by IFRT)
Sunday, June 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hilton Anaheim, 14th Floor
777 West Convention Way

2009 Programs

2009 Preconference
Privacy: Who Do You Trust?
Thursday, July 9th, 1:30 to 4:30pm
Carnegie Room, ALA Headquarters

2009 Awards Reception
Friday, July 10th, 12:30 to 1:30pm
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Pullman Room
2233 South Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL

Libraries, Librarians and America's War on Sex
Saturday, July 11th, 1:30 to 3:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center
Room W-178a

What Makes Tango So Scary?
Serving Your Whole Library Population, Intellectual Freedom, and Censorship of LGBT Children's Books
Sunday, July 12th, 1:30 to 5:30pm
McCormick Place Convention Center
Room W-194a
(IFRT is co-sponsoring this Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table program with ALSC and SRRT)

Past Programs

2008 - Freedom of Expression (TM)

2007 Preconference - Celebrating the Library Bill of Rights

2007 - Scientific and Health Information: The Threat Posed by Political Interference

2006 - Acknowledging Native Perspectives on the American Experience

2005 - We've Got Your Back: Librarians and Teens Speak Out on Intellectual Freedom. Presented by IFRT, cosponsored by YALSA, and Religion and Intellectual Freedom: Divine Revelation in the Marketplace of Ideas

2004 - Walking the High Wire: Exploring the Tension among Intellectual Freedom, Privacy, and Intellectual Property

2003 - Free Expression Knows No Borders?

2002 - Not in Front of the Children: 'Indecency,' Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth

2001 - David Brin on the Transparent Society

2000 - Freedom of Expression Versus Tolerance: Exploring the Limits

1999 - Kids Have Rights/Parents Have Responsibilities/Librarians Have Ulcers!