Intellectual Freedom email lists

IFACTION

IFACTION is a news-only, no-discussion e-list of the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), available to ALA members and the general public.

The postings for the IFACTION e-list are chosen by OIF staff, under the direction of Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director.

IFACTION helps to fulfill OIF's goal "to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries." To that end, several intellectual freedom news items are posted daily.

There are over 600 subscribers to IFACTION. Not all postings will be of interest to everyone, so it is expected that posts will appear that some subscribers may not be interested in or disagree with. IFACTION, however, attempts to inform its diverse subscribers by posting a wide variety of articles and information on intellectual freedom issues of interest to its subscribers, primarily librarians.

In general, IFACTION is one of ALA-OIF's means of alerting ALA members and the general public not only to news items of interest, but also to legislation affecting intellectual freedom issues, such as censorship, filtering, privacy, social networks, media literacy, and network neutrality. The IFACTION archive dating back to 1996 is available at IFACTION Archive.

There are a number of other e-lists to which ALA members may subscribe and freely post information, including OIF’s IFFORUM and the IFRT Membership list (see below).

Subscription Instructions

  1. To SUBSCRIBE/UNSUBSCRIBE to IFACTION, just follow these simple steps:
  2. Go to lists.ala.org: http://lists.ala.org/;
  3. Enter "ifaction" in the Search lists box; or click view all lists, and search for ifaction@ala.org;
  4. Click ifaction@ala.org;
  5. Click Subscribe or Unsubscribe;
  6. Enter your email address and click Submit. A welcome message with your password will be sent to you. If these steps don't work, or you need other assistance, contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom at oif@ala.org .

IFFORUM

IFFORUM is an unmoderated forum for discussing intellectual freedom issues.

New IFFORUM subscribers receive this two-paragraph welcoming message:

IFFORUM is an unmoderated discussion list sponsored by the Office for Intellectual Freedom. It was established so that subscribers could freely--and without a moderator deciding which posts are acceptable--discuss intellectual freedom issues and post news items, particularly, but not solely, relating to intellectual freedom. Anyone may subscribe, and only subscribers may post to this list. From time to time, posts appear that some subscribers may think disrupt, rather than contribute to, the ongoing discussions of current intellectual freedom topics and may, in fact, have little relationship to any intellectual freedom topic.

Since IFFORUM will remain unmoderated, the most effective ways to deal with unwanted posts are: (1) write a rule into your mail program to send these posts to trash; (2) delete after or without reading them; but (3) by all means, do not respond to them! If others do respond, delete their posts, too, and try to steer the conversation to an intellectual freedom topic. Dealing with unwanted posts is a small price to pay to keep IFFORUM free and unmoderated.

In addition, a message appears at the top of every message sent by any subscriber to the IFFORUM e-list.

IFFORUM is an unmoderated forum for the discussion of intellectual freedom issues. For assistance with intellectual freedom issues, please visit http://www.ala.org/oif/ or contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at oif@ala.org.

Subscription Instructions

To SUBSCRIBE/UNSUBSCRIBE to IFFORUM, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to lists.ala.org: http://lists.ala.org/;
  2. Enter "ifforum" in the Search lists box; or click view all lists, and search for ifforum@ala.org;
  3. Click ifforum@ala.org;
  4. Click Subscribe or Unsubscribe;
  5. Enter your email address and click Submit. A welcome message with your password will be sent to you. If these steps don't work, or you need other assistance, contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom at oif@ala.org.

To manage your subscription, visit http://lists.ala.org/wws. If you are not already a member of any ALA Sympa list, you can click on "send me a password," and provide your e-mail address (please use the exact address form which you subscribed to this list), and one will be sent to you. Once logged in, you can turn your subscriptions on and off. Digest mode is available through the Subscriber Options link under "Reception mode."

IFRT-Members

The IFRT Members e-list is for Intellectual Freedom Round Table members only.  It is a way for IFRT members to receive information about IFRT's mission and activities, and to discuss intellectual freedom topics.

To join IFRT, visit www.ala.org/ifrt.  For information on how to join this e-list, contact Nanette Perez, IFRT staff liaison.