Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC)


To serve as a liaison between the division and the ALA Intellectual Freedom committee and all other groups within the association concerned with intellectual freedom. To advise the division on matters before the office for intellectual freedom and their implication for library service to children and to make recommendations to the ALA Intellectual Freedom committee for changes in policies involving library service to children. To promote in-service and continuing education programs in the area of intellectual freedom for those who select library materials for children.


Dr. Allison G. Kaplan
(Co-Chair, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Andrew Medlar
(Co-Chair, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Dr. Rebecca (Becki) B. Bishop
(Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Marybeth Kozikowski
(Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Julia A. Nephew
(Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Lynda Salem Poling
(Member, July 1, 2021, to February 13, 2022)
Brooke Sheets
(Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Mrs. Lisa Gangemi Kropp
(Consultant, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Alena Rivers
(Staff Liaison, April 30, 2019, to June 30, 2023)

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The Intellectual Freedom committee consists of five members appointed from the ALSC membership at large serving two-year terms and led by two committee co-chairs. The co-chairs also serve two-year terms and are appointed in alternating years; additionally, one co-chair shall serve as ALSC's liaison with ALA's Freedom to Read foundation and the other as ALSC's liaison with ALA's Intellectual Freedom committee. (2 co-chairs + 5)


Established in 1974 at the request of the ALSC Board of Directors.

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