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News from IFRT

From Jennifer Bollerman, President
It is my pleasure to write to you as the newly elected President of the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable and acting Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. The complete results of the recent IFRT election are as follows:

  1. Jennifer Bollerman, President
  2. Amrita Dhawan, President-Elect
  3. Suzanne Johnson, Treasurer
  4. Art Friedman, Director-at-Large
  5. Frank McKenna, Director-at-Large
  6. Sara Dallas, Director-at-Large
  7. Scott Jarzombek, Director-at-Large
  8. Pat Kaufman, Director-at-Large

I am excited at the opportunity to work in the name of intellectual freedom, a cornerstone of democracy and a core value of our profession.  I expect it to be an active one for IFRT as well as an educational one for myself.  The goals of the committee for the year are to work towards building statewide awareness of intellectual freedom issues, to begin keeping track of current challenges and to be in the position to offer guidance and support to those dealing with challenges.  The Committee will meet for the first time at this year’s NYLA Conference and hopefully put together a program for the 2016 NYLA Conference.

To help spread the word, the Committee will be posting on Twitter at @ifrt_nyla.

IFRT members should be on the lookout for email updates from the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom and other sources. An updated and expanded website is in the works and will include educational and helpful materials, as well as a form for reporting challenges.

IFRT is 100 members strong, but I hope to see our membership grow this year. Intellectual freedom is an important issue of relevance to all librarians. It is more American than apple pie and certainly worthy of support. If you are interested in becoming an IFRT member, i.e. Intellectual Freedom Defender, please visit the Membership section of the NYLA website or stop by our booth at the Conference.

Please email me with any questions or ideas. I’d love to hear from you.


Intellectual Freedom Resources


  1. Trina Magi, Editor, and Martin Garnar, Assistant Editor. Intellectual Freedom Manual, Ninth Edition. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2015.
  2. NYLA Intellectual Freedom Manual
  3. Challenges to Library Materials


  1. Libraries: An American Value
  2. Library Bill of Rights
  3. Code of Ethics of the American Library Association
  4. Core Values Statement
  5. Freedom to Read Statement
  6. Freedom to View Statement
  7. Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors
  8. Guidelines for the Development and Implementation of Policies, Regulations and Procedures Affecting Access to Library Materials, Services and Facilities
  9. Statement on Library Use of Filtering Software
  10. School Library Media Centers and Intellectual Freedom


  1. ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
  2. National Coalition Against Censorship
  3. Freedom to Read Foundation
  4. New York Civil Liberties Union
  5. Center for Democracy and Technology
  6. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund