Freedom to Read Foundation to Host Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom Webinar

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/18/2019


Yumeka Brown

Program Officer

Freedom to Read Foundation

American Library Association


Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for “Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom,” a free webinar on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. PST/1 p.m. CST/2 p.m. EST.

Twice a year, FTRF trustees and liaisons meet to discuss emerging intellectual freedom topics in our libraries, schools and government offices. Often these topics overlap with issues of privacy, censorship and the First Amendment.

Join members of the FTRF Developing Issues Committee Barbara Stripling and Ray James for an overview of newsworthy intellectual freedom topics, including:

  • Big data and librarianship
  • First Amendment and the press, focusing on news photographers
  • Censorship of library research databases (e.g., the Colorado lawsuit filed against EBSCO)
  • K-12 students’ rights to freedom of expression, especially with social media
  • Increasing infringement on prisoners’ right of access to information by state and federal governments
  • Content moderation at scale – algorithms and artificial intelligence

About our speakers

Former American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling is the current chair of the FTRF Developing Issues Committee. She has been dedicated to intellectual freedom throughout her professional career, from serving as a high school librarian, library administrator and educator to serving in ALA on the Intellectual Freedom Committee, the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund, and the presidency of both ALA and the American Association of School Librarians. As president of ALA, she established two intellectual freedom initiatives with national impact: The Declaration for the Right to Libraries and the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Eldon Ray James decided to become a librarian while serving a federal prison sentence which forms the basis of his commitment to information services to the incarcerated and other underserved populations. He works as a researcher and Freedom of Information Act specialist for a private company in Austin, Texas. James became involved in intellectual freedom while helping write the Prisoners Right to Read Library Bill of Rights interpretation. James serves as an Intellectual Freedom Committee member 2017-2019, Intellectual Freedom Round Table Director-at-large 2017-2019, and the Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies liaison to FTRF.


  • FREE for Freedom to Read Foundation members
  • Non-member: $25

How to Register

  • You may register here for access to the webinar.
  • Registration deadline is Monday, April 29, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Webinars are recorded and will be made available to registrants as an archive.  Questions about content should be directed to the Freedom to Read Foundation, You can also find FTRF on Facebook, Twitter, and online.  Join FTRF today to have access to this and other educational opportunities. Students may receive a 1-year free FTRF membership through the Robert P. Holley Fund.