IFRT welcomes a broad range of participation in the organization. You can

  • serve on a committee
  • chair a committee
  • participate in informal round table discussions at ALA
  • offer suggestions or comments at board meetings
  • help staff the IFRT booth at ALA
  • assist in programs and events implementation
  • collaborate on intellectual freedom or privacy projects

The options are limitless, and we welcome your suggestions! IFRT offers formal volunteer appointments to committees, as well as informal short-term opportunities that coincide with your interests


Volunteer for a Committee

The IFRT Committee Volunteer Form is now OPEN and we are recruiting for the 2020-21 service year.

Volunteer for the Intellectual Freedom Round Table

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table has ten committees. Please keep in mind that in order to volunteer for one of the established committees you must be a member of ALA and IFRT.

All committee members are appointed for a two-year term. Terms are staggered so vacancies do not result in an entire committee being replaced at one time. Committee chairs serve one-year terms. Terms can be renewed once.

Bylaws Committee - The Bylaws and Organization Committee reviews the bylaws and guidelines of round table committees, and recommends changes as needed from time to time.

Coalition Building Committee - Charged with administering the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award, this committee recognizes that effective coalition building in units provides the necessary framework to defend censorship at the ground level

Executive Board - The officers of the round table and the committee chairs form the IFRT Executive Board.

Immroth Award Committee - The John Phillip Immroth Award Committee serves as the award jury to select and honor notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression.  

Membership Promotion Committee - The mission of the Membership Promotion Committee is to develop and undertake effective ways to attract new members to IFRT, as well as to retain current members. The Membership Committee works with IFRT's Board and other IFRT committees to communicate the value of belonging to IFRT.

Merritt Fund Committee - The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund provides financial support to librarians who are denied employment rights because of their defense of intellectual freedom and privacy, or as a result of discrimination. Members of this committee raise awareness of the Merritt fund.

Nominating Committee - The Nominating Committee, chaired by the immediate past chair of the Round Table, shall seek candidates for the Round Table’s elected offices and prepares a slate of candidates for each midwinter meeting. 

Oboler Award Committee - The Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which consists of $500 and a certificate, is presented biannually (next in 2022) for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. Members of the Oboler Award Committee review the books and journal articles submitted for consideration and determine which piece of writing to honor. 

Program Committee - This committee will plan the 2021 IFRT annual conference program. This conference will be in Chicago, IL

Publications & Communications Committee - The publications & communications committee promotes the activities of the IFRT. This includes creating and maintaining a web site of information, producing reports on the activities of the IFRT, and promoting IFRT through social media channels.

Education Advisory Special Committee - This ad-hoc committee is charged with working on continuing education opportunities for IFRT members, including advising OIF on webinar topics, identifying speakers in the IF world, and proposing education oriented activities to the IFRT Board. 

We hope to have all committee appointments for 2020-2021 made by the end of June. Terms begin July 1, 2020. If you have questions about the status of your volunteer application, please contact us at ifrt@ala.org.

We believe that the freedom to read—and this round table—is for everyone. Thank you for your interest, your passion, and your commitment to #IntellectualFreedom.


Interest Form

If you're not sure about a committee appointment or would like a shorter, more flexible opportunity to be involved, take a minute to complete this interest form and a member of the executive board will follow up with you.