Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC)

Charge

To recommend such steps as may be necessary to safeguard the rights of library users, libraries, and librarians, in accordance with the first amendment to the United States Constitution and the Library Bill of Rights as adopted by the ALA Council. To work closely with the Office for Intellectual Freedom and with other units and officers of the association in matters touching intellectual freedom and censorship.

Roster

Mr. Matthew Nicholas Noe (GNCRT Representative, August 14, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Martin L. Garnar (Chair, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Mr. Glen J. Benedict (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Erin Berman (Member, August 3, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Mr. Peter D. Coyl (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Jina DuVernay (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Ms. Rhonda Evans (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Martin L. Garnar (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Sukrit Goswami (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Sarah Lynn Houghton (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Lesliediana Jones (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Mrs. Donna Reams Morris (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Sophia Sotilleo (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Julia M. Warga (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Mrs. Shauntee Burns-Simpson (Diversity Committee Representative, April 13, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Johannah Genett (Committee Associate, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Ms. Tina Thomas (Committee Associate, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Ms. Guoying Liu (CALA Representative, April 7, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Stephanie A. Barnaby (IFRT Liaison, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Lisa Lee Broughman (ACRL Liaison, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022)
Mr. Anthony Davis, Jr. (GLBTRT Liaison, October 10, 2018, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Kelsey Lynn Ford (YALSA Liaison, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Mary L. Gazdik (SRRT Liaison, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Qiana M. Johnson (RUSA Liaison, July 29, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Victoria Rose Kowanetz (NMRT Liaison, March 30, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Kathleen M. Ladell (EMIERT Liaison, April 7, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Mrs. Laverne Page (IRRT Liaison, August 6, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Michael Saar (LIRT Liaison, May 15, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Deb Sica (PLA Liaison, October 28, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Hilda K. Weisburg (AASL Liaison, July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2022)
Mr. Eldon Ray James (Liaison, May 26, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Mr. Charles E. Kratz, Jr. (Liaison, February 24, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Deborah Caldwell-Stone (Staff Liaison, April 12, 2009, to January 1, 2025)
Eleanor Diaz (Primary Staff Liaison, July 1, 2016, to January 1, 2025)
Kristin Pekoll (Staff Liaison, January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2025)
Libré Booker (BCALA Representative, October 30, 2020, to June 30, 2022)

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Composition

The Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) consists of 11 members who are appointed by the Council Committee on Committees, in cooperation with the ALA president-elect. Members serve 2-year terms and are led by the chair.

Privacy Subcommittee

The Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) Privacy Subcommittee consists of a 8 members who are appointed by the IFC Chair.  Members serve 2-year terms and are led by the chair.

Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a member of IFC or other ALA committees, ALA members must fill out the volunteer form to be consider. The form is open from early August to early November. The ALA president-elect makes committee appointments. For more information, visit Committees, Volunteer Resources & Opportunities.

IFC member’s initial term is for two years and may be reappointed for an additional two-year term. To be reappointed for a second term, you must fill out the volunteer form.

Staff Liaison

Ellie Diaz
Program Officer
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
ediaz@ala.org
(800) 545-2433, ext. 4225