IFRT Committees

Volunteer for the Intellectual Freedom Round Table

Bylaws and Organization 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

Eli M. Oboler Memorial 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. (Commonly known as the Oboler Committee)

Executive Committee - The officers and committee chairs of the round table constitute the Executive Committee. 

John Phillip Immroth Memorial 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. (Commonly known as the Immroth Committee) 

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 Promotion 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 spring election. 

Programming and Events Committee - This committee works to plan and deliver member programming and events that meet the needs and strategic goals of IFRT.

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. (Commonly known as the Pub/Com Committee)