IFRT welcomes a broad range of participation in the organization. You can

  • serve on a committee
  • chair a committee
  • participate in informal round table discussions at ALA
  • offer suggestions or comments at board meetings
  • help staff the IFRT booth at ALA
  • assist in programs and events implementation
  • collaborate on intellectual freedom or privacy projects

The options are limitless, and we welcome your suggestions! IFRT offers formal volunteer appointments to committees, as well as informal short-term opportunities that coincide with your interests


Volunteer for a Committee

The IFRT Committee Volunteer Form is CLOSED. It will open again in spring of 2022.

Volunteer for the Intellectual Freedom Round Table

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table has ten committees. Please keep in mind that in order to volunteer for one of the established committees you must be a member of ALA and IFRT.

All committee members are appointed for a two-year term. Terms are staggered so vacancies do not result in an entire committee being replaced at one time. Committee chairs serve one-year terms. Terms can be renewed once.

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)

We hope to have all committee appointments for 2020-2021 made by the end of June. Terms begin July 1, 2020. If you have questions about the status of your volunteer application, please contact us at ifrt@ala.org.

We believe that the freedom to read—and this round table—is for everyone. Thank you for your interest, your passion, and your commitment to #IntellectualFreedom.


Interest Form

If you're not sure about a committee appointment, if we're not recruiting committee volunteers, or would like a shorter, more flexible opportunity to be involved, take a minute to complete this interest form and a member of the executive board will follow up with you.