For immediate release | November 1, 2016

Freedom to Read Foundation and ALA/OIF offer webinar on the History of Intellectual Freedom and Censorship

CHICAGO — Join intellectual freedom educators and advocates Emily Knox, Joyce Latham, and Candace Morgan as they discuss the history of intellectual freedom and censorship from the Roman Empire into our digital age. The panelists will also cover history of these topics within the American Library Association (ALA) and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and explore why knowledge of these topics is critical to work as a librarian, library trustee, or library staff member. Librarians, administrators and library board members are encouraged to attend.

Emily Knox is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences (the iSchool) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices.

Joyce M. Latham, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the School of Information Studies of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Her research area is the history of intellectual freedom and its impact on contemporary practice. Before joining academia, she was a library director and technology coordinator in public libraries and public library systems.

Candace Morgan has worked over 40 years in public, state, special and academic libraries in California, Michigan, Illinois, and Washington state. She currently teaches intellectual freedom for the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management and was the editor and contributing author of the 7th and 8th editions of the Intellectual Freedom Manual.

History of Intellectual Freedom and Censorship

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 1 p.m. Central


  • FREE for Freedom to Read Foundation members
  • ALA member: $20
  • Non-member: $25

How to Register

  • Freedom to Read Foundation members can register here for free.
  • All other attendees must register on the ALA webinar page. Webinars are listed by date and you must log in with your ALA ID.
  • Register by mail.
  • Registration deadline is Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • Webinars are recorded and made available to registrants as an archive. If you cannot attend the live presentation, you should still register and select the "Recording Only" option.

Tech Requirements

  • You’ll need a stable internet connection and working headphones/speakers.
  • If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, please test your connection in advance of the session.
  • The meeting room opens 15 minutes prior to the webinar.
  • Adobe Connect Accessibility Features


  • For content questions, please contact Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at or 312-280-4221.
  • For questions regarding the Freedom to Read Foundation, please contact James LaRue: 312-280-4222
  • Questions regarding registration should be directed to ALA’s Membership and Customer Service department at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 5 or
  • To learn more about the Freedom to Read Foundation visit FTRF online at:


Kristin Pekoll

Assistant Director

American Library Association

Office for Intellectual Freedom

(312) 280-4221