IFRT Free Memberships for Students

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/12/2021


Kristin Pekoll

Staff Liaison

Intellectual Freedom Round Table

American Library Association



The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is offering free memberships for students. Beginning March 15, 2021, students can fill out this form to receive a free membership to IFRT. Up to 200 current ALA student members and up to 25 students who are not ALA members will be given a free membership on a first-come, first-served basis. (If the student is not an ALA member, they will receive a free ALA student membership or joint membership.) IFRT enthusiastically welcomes BIPOC students to the Round Table and encourages them to take advantage of this membership offer. The goal of this initiative is to increase short and long-term membership to IFRT. The membership dues are being paid for by the IFRT.

Intellectual freedom is the heart of our work. As library professionals, we resist censorship and support the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. The Intellectual Freedom Roundtable (IFRT) is a valued resource for all library professionals throughout their careers, providing venues to discuss and debate topical issues and supporting those involved with censorship issues. We also know that during this pandemic, resources are stretched thin. To demonstrate our value to you, we are offering free IFRT membership for library students. We are positive that if you become an IFRT member while in library school, you will see the value of this roundtable and become a lifelong member.

Questions? Contact Johannah Genett: jrgenett@hclib.org

Members of the Membership Committee are: Chair Johannah Genett, Hennepin County Library; Darcy Armstrong, Eckhart Public Library; Jeremy Brett, Texas A & M University Cushing Memorial Library; Brittany Broz, East Baton Rouge Parish Library; Rhonda Evans, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL), and Ray James.

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom. @IFRT_ALA