Intellectual Freedom Round Table

Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed?

Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? a webinar on Friday, October 12 at 1 p.m. Central. This is a webinar version of the Intellectual Freedom Committee program that Moderator Emily Knox and other panelists offered at ALA’s Annual Meeting last summer.

Nominations open for 2019 IFRT John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is accepting nomination for the 2019 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. This award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living individual, group or organization. The award consists of a citation and $500. IFRT will present the award during the 2019 ALA annual conference at Washington, D.C.

ALA OIF Responds to Library Bill of Rights Meeting Room Interpretation update

CHICAGO -  The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.  OIF Director James LaRue released the following statement regarding a recent update to Library Bill of Rights meeting rooms interpretation.

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Elected Officers to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees

Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) trustees and staff are excited to announce the results of the 2018 election of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. Newly elected executive committee members began their new roles at the conclusion of the Freedom to Read Foundation annual meeting in New Orleans.  Please join us in congratulating the following:

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2018 Roll of Honor Awards

The Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Committee is excited to announce Doug Archer and Barbara Jones as the recipients of the 2018 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award. Both recipients have been integral to intellectual freedom work within American libraries for decades. The awards will be presented at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans during its Opening General Session on Friday, June 22, 4-5:30 p.m., in Exhibit Hall F of the Morial Convention Center.

More than a week – 'Choose Privacy' is now an everyday choice

CHICAGO - Beginning this week, the American Library Association's “Choose Privacy” website has a new look and a new URL — chooseprivacyeveryday.org — which emphasizes the importance of preserving patron privacy and data security in today’s libraries every day of the year.

Since 2010, ALA’s “Choose Privacy” website has served as a valuable source of news, information, resources and programming related to privacy, confidentiality and data security in the digital world.

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2018 Conable Conference Scholarship Recipient

CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has selected Dovi Mae Patino as the recipient of the 2018 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship. The Conable Scholarship will cover Ms. Patino’s expenses to attend the 2018 Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Win Literary Prizes, Support Intellectual Freedom at ALA Annual Conference

Would you like to support contributions made to intellectual freedom on a personal level? And in the process come away with some great prizes?

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table is pleased to announce an exciting raffle at its breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 a.m. at the 2018 ALA Annual New Orleans Conference. The raffle supports IFRT awards celebrating important contributions to intellectual freedom.