Intellectual Freedom Interest Group

Type: Standing

Date of Establishment: June 20, 1976; per YALSA Board action in July 2009, this committee will transition into an
interest group from July 1, 2010 forward

Membership: 8, including Chair


  • Current membership in YALSA
  • In order to accomplish work in a virtual environment, committee/jury/taskforce members must be competent users of web 2.0 tools, including but not limited to wikis, e-chats and
    ALA Connect.

For information on the responsibilities of committee/jury/taskforce members, visit
YALSA's Handbook

Term of Office: 2 years

Function: To serve as a liaison between the YALSA and the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee and all other groups within the Association concerned with intellectual freedom.

To advise the YALSA on matters pertaining to the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution and the ALA Library Bill of Rights and their implications to library service to young adults and to make recommendations to the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee for changes in policy on issues involving library service to young adults.

To prepare and gather materials which will advise the young adult librarian of available services and support for resisting local pressure and community action designed to impair the rights of young adult users.

To assume responsibility for the continuing education of young adult librarians regarding intellectual freedom.